This past week of training was a weird week. I should have known it would be – no matter how many times I tell myself that my feelings during taper will be different, the anxiety and doubt somehow always manages to resurface. I had a big flare of RA joint pain in my wrists midweek, which caused me to worry that this somehow meant I was coming down with the flu.
While my wrists hurt pretty badly, the pain didn’t really affect my running. It definitely caused me to get in my head a little bit and worry that I’d get sick, injured or somehow mess things up the week before the marathon. But lo and behold, things worked themselves out and I successfully made it through the week.
With just a few days to go until race day, my excitement is definitely at an all time high. But with this excitement always comes a bit of anxiety about whether or not I did everything right, if I should have run more, less, fueled better, etc. I always have to remind myself that I am well trained and prepared for race day. Once I calm my nerves, I’m able to let myself be excited and enjoy these last few days before the race.
Here is my marathon training recap from week 19 – less than one week to go now!
Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 19
Monday, 10/22 – Yoga
After completing a half marathon the day before, I definitely thought I’d be feeling the aches and pains during this yoga session. I was decently surprised how fluid my body felt during each pose and that there were only a few tight spots besides my usual areas. This yoga session was a great reminder that my body is prepared to handle long distances and able to recover quickly.
Tuesday, 10/23 – 4 miles
Again, I was very surprised with how quickly my legs recovered! After a rough evening on Sunday after the race, I expected the aches and pains to linger for quite a bit longer. I even headed out for this run expecting to end up shortening it, but once I got going it felt really good. Other than a slight ache in my right knee, there were no other lingering hot spots. These miles were a great way to get the blood flowing during recovery!
Wednesday, 10/24 – Strength workout
This was when all my worries and fears started to take over. I woke up on Wednesday to a practically immobile wrist, causing me pain whenever I twisted it or bent it. This somehow managed to get in my head and I began to think that I was coming down with the flu (even though I felt fine, ha). After a great mental debate, I decided to swap my interval run and strength workouts so I could get one extra day for my wrist to recover before heading out for a hard run. I felt pretty good about this decision but then started second guessing things as the day went on. Gotta love taper! However, the strength workout went really well and my entire body felt strong.
Thursday, 10/25 – 7 miles with 8 x 800s
This run was a great confidence booster. After spending the day worrying on Wednesday, it was so nice to head outside and be able to hit every split with ease, feeling strong. This was originally supposed to be a 10 mile run with 8 x 800s but I cut the warm up and cool down short because I still felt like I might be getting sick. I was glad I did because I had a headache throughout the run, but I’m very happy that I was able to fit in my last real interval run of the training plan.
You can learn more about goal paces and workouts in this training plan: Break 4:30 Marathon Training Plan
Friday, 10/26 – 3 miles
I was supposed to run 4 miles today but ended up cutting it short one mile. My body was just not feeling it on this run, but that’s to be expected during taper. My legs felt heavy and my entire body was sluggish, but I’m glad I got out there. Taper always brings some weird runs and I just have to keep reminding myself that the most important part of training is already complete!
Saturday, 10/27 – 8 miles
It was rainy and cold when I headed out for this run but I was eager to complete the last weekend run of marathon training! The leaves were really at their peak in colors this week. This run felt okay but my body was very sluggish and my legs felt pretty heavy near the end. Once I stopped running I noticed that my entire body ached and was really tired, which I’m sure was just a bunch of phantom taper pains! Nevertheless, I was happy to be done with this shorter run and couldn’t imagine running 18 more miles… it’s funny how it always feels this way until race day!
Sunday, 10/28 – Rest
And with that, the last few days of marathon training are finally here. Taper brings a mix of so many emotions, but this week I am going to make a point to focus on excitement. I’ve been excited for race day for so long, and it is finally almost here! No matter what happens this week, I am ready for race day.
Marathon training is a journey that I love and I wouldn’t change a thing. Here’s to RACE WEEK and the last few days of training!
Previous Running Recaps:
- Marathon Training Week 18 + Detroit Half Marathon Recap
- Marathon Training Recap: Week 15 – 17
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Week 11 – 14
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 6 – 10
- Indianapolis Marathon Training Recap: Weeks 1 – 5
- New York City Marathon Race Recap