Okay… so it’s all downhill from here. With Saturday’s 22-miler being the apex of our training, we now begin to gradually taper down our volume and intensity in prep for the actual marathon. This will give our body a chance to heal up and be as fresh as possible on race day. Still, we did some decent mileage this week…
Sun – 2-26-12: Weights at the gym (#1 HST-style routine – 12-rep feature.)
Mon – 2-27-12: About 30 minutes on the treadmill, fast walk and jog mix.
Tue – 2-28-12: Workout #1: 7 miles with the running group. Comfortable 10:09 pace, which included a hill. Felt some tightness in my IT band (muscle that extends from the outside of the knee up to the hip) a day or two ago, out of nowhere. No big… just nursed it a bit with a foam roller during a quick break in the run, and then again after. It’s always something, it seems! Workout #2: Weights at the gym (#1 HST-style routine – 12-rep feature.)
Wed – 2-29-12: Day off. Scheduling-wise and recovery-wise, it worked out that I do my normal Wednesday run early on Thursday. Again, this IT band thing is no big, but I do feel the tightness at times, so I want to keep an eye on it.
Thu – 3-1-12: Another 6:00 AM excursion around the hood; 7.3 miles with a 9:54 pace. No real issues, beyond feeling a little tightness with the IT band, which has been going on all week.
Fri – 3-2-12: Weights at the gym (#1 HST-style routine – 12-rep feature.) I usually like to have a day off before a long run on Saturday, but I went ahead and knocked this one out today instead of doubling up on Thursday.
Sat – 3-3-12: 15.4 miles with the group at a 10:06 pace. All is a groove, people. No issues with anything, and the run felt comfortable.