It’s marathon week! I haven’t talked about running or the marathon lately, mostly because Leo has been sick. And last week I didn’t really run that much because of said sickness (and resulting lack of sleep) and because I was waiting for my new running shoes to come in the mail. After the Indy Women’s Half Marathon I realized I needed new running shoes. I can always tell when I need new shoes because my legs start feeling dead and they get sore. In general, I’m rarely sore after a run of any length. After the half marathon, my quads were sore for two days, which was strange. And my legs felt dead. Then I realized I was around 300 miles, which is typically my “need-new-shoes” threshhold. I ordered some up on Sunday but with Labor Day, they didn’t arrive until Friday.
Saturday morning Leo and I broke in the shoes with a 10 mile run. We finished because it looked like it was going to rain and because Leo was ready for breakfast, but happily I did feel like I could have easily done more. Sunday we did a little over five – 3 miles hard (9:15 pace with the stroller on an unpaved surface) and 2 and a little at a slower pace.
The marathon is Sunday so by all means I should be tapering… but instead I’m just going to run like normal. I’ll take Saturday as a rest day for sure, but other than that, I’m doing whatever feels right. I’m not convinced taper really helps me. I think sometimes it just gets me used to reduced mileage so on the race morning a long run feels like a shock. In the high mileage weeks I had last month, I did long runs on the weekend after a week of high miles and felt great. I think sometimes my body responds better to doing more miles after it’s already been doing more miles rather than after it’s been resting. So we’ll see how this week goes. And how the race goes!
Leo, for his part, is feeling better. Dave took Leo to the doctor on Friday and found out he has an ear infection. Since starting medicine he’s been sleeping way better and doing better during the day. Saturday night he slept 12 hours without a peep! The rash is mostly cleared up, his cough is getting better, his nose isn’t running anymore, he hasn’t had a fever since Wednesday, and he seems much less agitated and grumpy. All very good things! Sunday evening Leo and I took a bike ride to the college and he got to run around on the grass for a bit. He loved pulling up the grass, licking leaves, and watching all the college kids running around.
So this week will be running whatever, popping elderberry zinc drops (immune boosters), getting in some lentils for extra iron, and looking forward to a weekend of racing and FAMILY (all of my family will be together for the weekend – we haven’t all been together since Christmas. HOORAY!).
Do you taper before a race? When’s the last time your whole family got together?