Taper = Training

Taper is hard work. It's HARD to relax, sleep in on a Saturday and only run for 90 minutes.  Seriously.  I feel more at ease when I'm going, going, going.  When I'm sitting around - relaxing - I feel guilty and lazy.  Call me Type A. So this past week - when my total mileage …

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Phoenix Marathon Training, Week #14

This was a fabulous week of training.  3 weeks out from the marathon is usually taper.  And, in a sense, this was a cut back in that the workouts themselves didn't have the volume that I've been doing.  But overall mileage was still about 90% of max.  And it was actually MORE miles than I …

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Back from R&R (and phoenix week #13 recap)

I'm usually one of those "scheduled" vacationers who can't totally relax and has activities planned, dinner reservations, tours scheduled, etc. Not this time.  This time I was a relaxed vacationer.  And it was seriously THE BEST vacation I've ever had.  Recap of my last 4 days:  Arrive in warm sunny Florida. Eat. Drink. Run. Pool. …

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Phoenix Marathon Training, Week #12 Recap

This week started out great and ended great and sucked in the middle.  I'm starting to get worn down from the grind of training.  Not so much from the miles themselves - they seem very manageable - but from doing the miles in the cold.  Florida could not come at a much more needed time! …

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U-G-L-Y

Today's long run was UGLY.  No two ways about it.  It reminded me of about 7 of the 10 marathons I've run, where I hit a wall and the splits turn really really bad.  Because I think we can learn something from ugly runs like this, I'm trying to analyze it and figure out what …

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Phoenix Marathon Training Week #11 Recap

Remember last week when I blogged about how great my week was and how fabulous I was feeling about everything?  Well this week was the exact opposite.  I felt off and slow and fat.  Blah. But in the words of someone much wiser than myself:  Fuck it.  Focus on the week ahead.  It'll be fine. …

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