Race week - how has this suddenly arrived?! Due to this week being a severe taper week for me, and with the fact I am flying to Berlin early Friday morning, this will be my last post before the marathon. Hence why its slightly early for a weekly round up!
MONDAY: some very light cross training followed by my Body Pump class
TUESDAY: a short and sharp four mile interval session. I was actually a bit sad this was such as short run as I quite enjoyed the intense bursts of running that 10 x 200m reps allowed. My legs felt good as I had also visited my Sports Massage Therapist earlier in the day for a bit of a loosen up and to iron out the slight tightness in my left knee.
WEDNESDAY: a steady 3 mile run. I even chose to not attend my usual Body Pump class afterwards - which for me is an extremely sensible decision! I have always done the class the Wednesday before my previous marathons, but I think if I want a different result to the past, then I need to do something different...
And that's it... Thursday I will be resting, and then Friday I will be in Berlin ready for the marathon on Sunday. Looking back on the last sixteen weeks of training the predominant feeling I have is happiness. I have truly enjoyed training for the Berlin Marathon - I can only really recall one moment when I really, really didn't want to run. I have been disciplined with myself, but I also have allowed myself freedom and flexibility to adjust runs and training when needed. For me this is quite an achievement as I can be quite a routined person! I feel ready to take on the marathon - which feels quite a scary thing to admit! - but I know deep down I am.
To anyone else running in Berlin - Viel Glück!