I have spent the last week trying to decide the best option for me, going back and forth and attempting to weigh the pros/cons of both decisions. I think the back to back longer runs a couple weeks ago really caused me problems and the resting and lower mileage has greatly helped this. Last weekend I ran 12 miles that felt great, followed by another good run on Tuesday which solidified my decision to stick with the marathon. I know mentally I have an easier time if I have to take it easy at this distance rather then another half where I need to take it easy.
I will remember this on Sunday :-)
Through the last couple weeks I have tried to be smart and learned (something I already knew) that I don't taper well. I have limited my miles, only running twice this week and filling in the days with biking and elliptical. I get restless and frustrated, I feel I need to be out running. Yesterday I decided to sleep in after a long Wednesday and skip my morning workout, but I then spent the day hoping the downpours subsided because I needed to get out a run. In the end the rain continued and we hit the gym instead where I realized a downfall to working there and knowing so many people. My workout got cut down to only 35 minutes because it took me nearly 20 minutes to get upstairs after everyone wanted to talk. This is okay, I need to remember I will gain nothing by an extra workout this week and have done what I can which may not be needed as the forecast for Sunday is a high of 90F! My best training might just have been the easy, hot race in Boston last month.
Here it is Race Goals:
A. Feel good, run smart and finish < 3:50
B. < 3:40 with a negative split
C. PR with a sub 3:30 (ultimately I was hoping for < 3:20 but with all the leg issues I doubt this is possible)
I think this pretty much explains my decision!
Hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend! How ironic, Jill also talked about being flexible and setting new running goals today.