In my quest to beat the original Pokémon Game Boy game with all of the original 150 Pokémon, which took me over one year to complete, I have learned a very helpful tip along the way that helped me achieve my goal: you can catch every Pokémon in the game with whatever version you have (Red, Blue or Yellow). There is no trading necessary!
A couple weeks have passed since I finished the Fargo Marathon. That has given me time to reflect, recover and develop a strategy for my next race.
The first couple days following the race, I thought a lot about my performance. I was initially very disappointed because my expectations were so high going into the race. My training went great and I was sure this could be the race I ran a sub 3-hour time.
This week is what it all comes down to. It’s race week!
For my second week of tapering, the big story was the pain I experienced in the pad of my left foot.
This week I started my taper. With the hardest work behind me, it’s time to gradually cut back on the mileage and intensity and let my body recover so that I can be in prime condition on race day.
This week marks my peak mileage week. Anyone who has ever trained for a marathon knows that peak mileage week is the last “hard” week before the taper period begins. Once completed, you can begin to decrease volume of mileage for about three weeks leading up to the race.
Megan and I saw The Avett Brothers at The Chicago Theatre, Friday, April 22. For both of us, seeing them live in person was a first.
This week, I ran 56 miles with a long run of 20 miles. My body is getting used to the high mileage and I’m feeling stronger every week.
This week was another big mileage week. I ran eight percent more miles—an increase of four miles—for a grand total of 52. Next week I plan to run 56 and peak at 60 miles the following week. Then the taper period will begin.
Week eight was another cold one. I don’t know exactly how many workouts for my Fargo Marathon training have been completed on the treadmill. I imagine it must be close to 75% percent of them. This is significantly more treadmill running than I thought I would be doing.