Weekend before a marathon is a tough one, you’re right in the middle of taper, yet you need to get in 1 last run, that’s not super short, but not super long, and you don’t want to go super slow, or super fast, you don’t want to kill your body, but you also don’t want your body to get lazy sitting around for 2 weeks. You want to go into the race confident, but you also don’t want to hurt anything so close to the race.
It’s a bit confusing, right? In the past, I’ve done between 10 & 18 kms at a relatively easy pace the week before my goal race. It’s worked ok, I think. This year, with becoming faster, and doing more speed work, I’m changing up my last workout as well. There’s a $15 10KM MEC race, happening just a few blocks from my house, around Burnaby Lake. Not a super speedy course due to the terrain (soft squishy trails, with lots of windy curves), but since it’s a race, it will still be a fast tempo run for me.
For me, it makes sense. Races don’t stress me out, they excite me. It’s close by, it’s cheap, and it’s a way of making sure I keep my mileage super low. Chances on injury are low as well, especially since I’m running on a nice groomed path, instead of twisting an ankle on a root by going trail running the weekend before my goal race. For me, it’s a smart choice.
No goals for timing tomorrow. As long as we’re at marathon race pace or lower, I’m happy. Just a nice solid strong run to finish off this cycle.
It’s not too late to register – day of registration is $20 – still cheap cheap!