This week begins my taper for LA Marathon. I plan on taking my taper seriously in terms of cutting down mileage, though I am going to keep up the strength training because I feel that will help balance myself out and prevent any last-minute injuries I might get. I'm knocking on wood, but this is the first time in a year that I have been injury-free and intend on staying that way.
Another Confession: Additionally, this week marks the beginning of my dash to complete my dissertation to a point where I can do my final defense, hopefully sometime in April. Anything with the actual manuscript itself I will worry about later. I call it a dash because I was planning on taking an additional semester on this, but plans that are out of my control have changed. I am not 100% sure I will be successful, and I am scared as heck that I will fail or become paralyzed as I get overwhelmed.
(On that note, I did try to pull in more dissertation study participants through the blog but was pretty unsuccessful. People did sign up but in one way or another did/have not complete their participation. Fortunately, I have gotten enough responses via my original plans.)
But I can treat this a lot like what will happen at the marathon start line. No matter how well or poorly I prepare, I will NOT feel prepared. I will be scared and wonder how everything will turn out. But somehow, that gun will go off, and I will have no choice but to take those steps forward.
This Week's Workouts:
Saturday - rest
Sunday - rest; stretching/"The Stick"
Monday - 30 min elliptical/stepper hybrid; 30 min strength
Tuesday - 6 mi
Why did I only have 3 planned? I guess I am supposed to be tapering? Legs felt like lead!!
Wednesday - 20 min elliptical/stepper hybrid; 5 min regular elliptical; 10 min upright bike; 20 min strength/abs
Thursday - 3 mi
Done in 1-mi intervals.
Friday - walked/ran/played with dog for 45 minutes (.7 mi)
Weekly Mileage: 9.7