- Monday: 2.5 miles slowly and hip routine
- Tuesday: hip routine
- Wednesday: 3 miles in lovely Madison, WI
- Thursday: hip routine
- Friday-Saturday: Ragnar Relay DC, 13.8 miles; some random stretching during that.
- Sunday: hip routine
If anything, a Ragnar in the middle of marathon training reminds me that running can be fun again. (That’s what happens when everyone around you is a running nutjob.) I actually had a moment during my last Ragnar leg where I thought “Imagine this is First Avenue during the marathon” and I felt chills, real chills. That’s good, because just like last year, I am getting a bit training-fatigued and looking forward to the part where I can just get up and decide how long I want to run, rather than what I must do.
My plan now is to reserve most of my energy toward the 2 long runs I have left, run extremely easy during the week, stretch like crazy and look forward to the end of this saga.
I got an email from NY Road Runners this week reminding me to book a hotel for the race. Um, are you guys on this planet?? That was one of the FIRST things I did. If you don’t know where you’re staying, you are probably not going to be in the five boroughs unless you are very wealthy. That’s pretty irresponsible tourism advice! Here’s what I’ll actually do this week:
- Develop a break-in plan for my marathon shoes (which I purchased months ago, type A for life)
- Figure out what I’m going to wear for the race — less a fashion question than a functional question, I promise
- Print maps for my spectators and think about good places for them to go — less populated, but easy to reach for out-of-towners.
- Positive visualizations of the course. Sorry — only place in my life in which I am a complete hippie. I found this article to be helpful.
- Work on marathon playlist (forever)