Last Week of Taper
I'll be running a marathon in York, PA, on May 26! My last week of workouts comes from the book Advanced Marathoning (first edition) and is about the same as I've done before previous marathons. Here's what's planned:
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 7 miles with 2 marathon paced miles
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: 4 miles
I plan to use Triberry Gu gels and Gatorade. I'm bringing salt tablets, too. I've practiced with salt tablets in training, but sometimes I have trouble getting them into my mouth. During the Kona Marathon, my bag of salt tabs fell out of my pocket. I dropped them yesterday, too.
Yesterday, I ran 12 miles in the humidity. Humidity makes running kind of uncomfortable, but it's probably good training for a possibly humid race. And when you're finished running, strangers can have fun telling you that it looks like you fell into a swimming pool and everyone can have a good laugh.
During the run, I drank Gatorade and ate a Triberry Gu gel. I brought along a salt tab, but I dropped it out of the plastic I had wrapped it in and lost it. At the race, I'll probably take a water bottle and just carry some in the pocket without wrapping them. Sometimes simple is best!
The top photo was taken in Kona. This post describes the day before I ran in the Kona marathon, which was a humid race. I went on a hike and ate chocolate cake that day. It's good to be reminded of those types of things so that when it's time to run another marathon, you don't get too worried about every little thing like eating cake before a race. Well, at least I don't think the cake slowed me down!