This morning was my last run before the half marathon. It was only 2 miles and my legs are still feeling a bit heavy 😦 I wanted to follow the “taper week” as described by Hal in the novice 1/2 training program. He calls for the following mileage:
Sunday – 10 miles –> I ran 12 miles
Monday – stretch/strength –> I rested and stretched ALOT
Tuesday – 4 miles –> I ran 2 miles because my legs were still sore
Wednesday – 3 miles –> I ran 4 miles outside (legs felt okay…not great though)
Thursday – 2 miles –> I ran 2 miles (easy pace) stretched and jumped hot tub at the gym
Rest until big day –> I may supplement this with a bit of walking instead (nothing crazy!)
I’m still having the anxiety — have woken up at 3:00 a.m. the past two nights and haven’t been able to restfully sleep after that. I really really excited to do this but I have all those “what -ifs” running through my head.
- What if I totally bonk after like 4 miles?
- What if my feet don’t feel like cooperating and I get neuroma pain?
- What if the experience sucks? (very unlikely there will be crowd support on the course)
I know I can’t think this way, but these little questions keep popping in my head. I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to fail. I know just completing the race is an accomplishment in itself…but I want to have a decent time to be proud of. Am I putting too much pressure on myself?