Taper Madness

Marathon week brings with it all sorts of reactions: self-doubt mixed with excitement, fear, anticipation. I watched a documentary on the Barkley “Marathon” this week and am using some of its lessons to power me through this week.

One of the race’s themes is that there’s no sense of accomplishment without a real chance of failure. At the same time, knowing someone else has accomplished it gives you the drive to try for yourself. A regular marathon is the same way.

We ran seven miles last night with four at race pace. I kept thinking about how I would need to hold that same pace for 26.2 miles on Sunday. Tonight I ran three miles at recovery pace–and remembered to roll after running!

Now it’s time to rest until this weekend. There’s nothing more I can do but recover and sleep.

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