Now that I have been mentally energized, it’s time to focus on getting physically energized! This weekend I completed my final long run in my marathon training. Last Saturday’s 18 mile run challenged me with unseasonably warm weather, forcing me to split my miles between the morning and evening. I had to have my husband come pick me up after getting sick twice and feeling so light-headed, leaving me feeling very discouraged and terrified that I wouldn’t be able to handle the full mileage of the marathon. However, the weather was on my side this week! I completed the 20 mile run with only one walking interval to refuel and very minimal soreness today. I now have recovered my confidence and am so ready to tackle this race!
With only two weeks to race day, I am now going to begin the tapering portion of my training. I will slowly be decreasing my mileage and cross training times, allowing my muscles to recover and repair from the long runs. I have been so surprised at the muscles that are sore and are vital to my running stride. You would think that my legs are the essential piece to racing, but my CORE has been so important to keeping my form while running. Because of this, my Insanity Max: 30 workouts have proven to be incredibly beneficial. I am going to continue using Tabata Power and Sweat Intervals as my cross training workouts.
This week I am going to be trying out spaghetti squash for the first time. I am a true lover of carbs, especially pasta, often causing over eating. If I can find an alternative that curbs my craving for pasta and satisfies my husband, I am all for it! I’ll be sure to post the meal and our thoughts in the next post. Check out the recipes page if you’d like to try it for yourself.