Week 15 of Austin Marathon Training

We’re nearing the end…I can’t believe it! This week, the taper hit me hard. I felt cranky and exhausted all week. And have been stress-eating A LOT of candy. But two of my oldest friends from NYC came to visit for the weekend, and we had a blast. It was a nice distraction from marathon jitters!

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Monday – 4 miles

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – 4 miles

Thursday – 6 miles (inc. 3 miles @ MGP)

Friday – Rest

On Friday evening I went to an Austin Marathon Prep & Course Strategy event at Rogue Running. Two coaches from Rogue Running gave us a strategy for tackling the challenging, hilly course and a strategy for conquering the mental demons that come to visit during any marathon. It was a great way to kick off the weekend.

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Saturday – 7.2 miles

Sunday – Recovery Yoga at Sukha Yoga

It was a busy weekend, showing around my two friends who were in town from NYC and briefly meeting up with another who is here for the Running USA conference!

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Also, it was absolutely freezing on Sunday – when I woke up it was 32 degrees, felt like 23; remember when it was 75 and sunny last week, and I went swimming?

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TOTAL – 21 miles

Recovery Yoga was a really nice, relaxing way to end the week. Work has been very stressful lately but I’m going to try to head into race week with as calm and centered a perspective as possible. The weather for Sunday could still change so I’m trying not to check the forecast obsessively yet. I can only control what I can control, and as of now I still can’t control the weather – so I’m going to focus on eating well and sleeping well, and keeping my mental game in check.

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I can’t believe I’m running a marathon next week!!!

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