This weekend, I’m running the Marathon to Marathon in Iowa. It starts in Storm Lake, IA and runs to Marathon, IA – which just happens to be 25 miles from where I grew up and where my dad still lives. A homecoming run of sorts. My wife is trying to coordinate a chain of relatives and well-wishers to cheer me on for the entire 26.2 miles – at least that is what it seems like.
This race is going to be my last “A” race of the spring. In fact, it is really my only “A” marathon (“A” marathon = balls out racing) of the year thus far. So, it is kind of a big deal. My goal will be to shave 4 min off of my PR and my stretch goal will be to shave nearly 9 minutes off of it. Somewhere between 3:15 and 3:20. Admittedly a large task for me. So, because I need every advantage I can get, I am actually going to taper. But, tapering makes me antsy, and hungry, and constipated. You know what they say about idle hands
But, I’m going to trust my training and do the taper thing. I’m going to keep my muscles loose by still running 75% and 50% of peak miles (or, 60% and 30% - whatever) and heal/rest up for the big day. Because if I don’t, you’ll all get to see the other post I do on a regular basis. The “I missed my goal, but I’m not going to bitch TOO much about it to seem like a wine bag” post that comes around after I have a shitshow of a race……nobody wants to read that one.
**Yep, totally understand that is a massive run on sentence
***That’s what she said
****For the record, I couldn’t even begin to tell you my new year’s resolutions
I have prizes!!! That’s right, I’ve collected some GREAT prizes to be given away to the participants of my Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual Race on June 25th. Head over to this post to enter!!
Prizes thus far are:
Ryders Eyewear Tweaker SL
GU Chocolate Raspberry Roctane
Road ID gift card good for any single Road ID product they offer, including the new Slim