Ok, so it is Tuesday, but I was super lazy and didn't post yesterday. I am feeling super lazy because this past weekend was moving weekend and the 20 miler. Basically, I am super exhausted. However, I am also super proud that I completed the 20 miler.
This past Saturday, I ran 20 miles along the Chicago Lake Shore Path. It was the most difficult and most miserable run I have ever been apart of. For 10 miles, we ran on ice (take a look at that pic above) and then for another 10 miles we ran into super strong/cold wind. My face felt destroyed and my legs were hurting so much by the end. I started the run nervous because I was already sore from moving. Then, that ice just made me miserable. You run differently on ice and you hold a lot of strain in your body. Thus, I am still a little sore. I also know that if I can do what I did on Saturday, I can definitely run a marathon. AND, the plus side is now it is TAPER TIME!
Taper means we run less and less over the next few weeks in preparation for race day. I am officially 18 days from race day and I couldn't be more excited to be at this point and finally tapering. This week the mileage is 5, 8, 5 and 12. I know this still sounds like a lot, but it is a far cry from last week's 6, 8, 6, 20. So, I am very excited.
At this point in training, I am also hungry all of the time! It is sort of crazy. So, I keep a lot of high protein snacks (like almonds or greek yogurt) nearby at all times. I also celebrated the completion of the 20 miler with a bloody mary/brunch at Roots. You even get a mozzarella stick on top of your bloody mary!
I am also stretching and resting as much as I can and I only wear comfy flats to school. Overall, I am trying my best to take care of myself and get ready for the big day!