A lot of you have a marathon coming up this weekend. I hope your training cycles have been spot on and that you are ready to run as fast as the course allows. I ran Lincoln twice, a 3:32 disappointed as hell, and a 4:16, my marathoning death knell. I’ll always appreciate the early support from the race, a key to the early oughts rejuvenation of competitive distance running in Nebraska. This used to be one of the biggest weekends of the year for me.
I wore out the phrase “Peak No Taper” for a generation of marathoners. Don’t make the mistake of tapering instead of peaking. How do you peak during race week? Here’s some free coaching:
Monday- 2 mile warm up, 2 x 3 miles @ goal marathon pace w/1 mile easy between, 2 mile warm down
Tuesday- 75 minutes easy hills
Wednesday- 1 hour easy with 4 x 50 meter strides at the end
Thursday- 45 minutes easy with 4 x 50 meter strides at the end
Friday- 30 minutes easy with 4 x 50 meter strides at the end
Saturday- 15 minutes easy with strides at the end
Sunday- 15 minute easy warm up, run the last mile of the course so you know where to turn in to the finish.*
The weather looks to be great, may the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be at your backs!
* Wintheiser Rule