The taper has begun! I am actually enjoying the lower mileage, especially since my Achilles and hamstring/glute have been causing some pain. I am hopeful everything will remain OK before the race and hopefully heal up a bit during this taper.
My focus is on race pace. I am settling into a pace just under 8:00 per mile, but I will have to see how it goes. Last year I set a new PR at Boston with 3:39:00 and so far this year I have been running faster. It all comes down to race day and how my body feels, the temperate, health and sleep. My BQ time is 3:55:00 so I always train to finish below 3:50:00
Monday: Row machine intervals for a total of 43 minutes plus a visit to my chiropractor. She worked on my achilles and it felt a lot better. I have been icing it and sleeping with a compression sock to help it heal. I decided to skip PiYo class today because I didn't want to irritate it. Still pretty sore after my last long 20 mile run.
Tuesday: Speed Work 8x 800 repeats. Thankfully the achilles didn't hurt but my hamstring/glute did. I didn't want to over do it today, so I backed off the speed a little. Average time per 800m was 3:30
Wednesday: Spin Class/cross training
Thursday: Long Run at 13 miles around an average pace of 8:07 per mile. I had to switch my long run from this weekend because I will be out-of-town.
Sunday: Tempo run 4 miles @ 7:28 average pace.
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