Last week I ran 37 miles in my 2nd to last week prior to the Santa Barbara Marathon. My longest run was 7.5 miles on Saturday run at a pretty solid marathon pace.
There's not much I can do at this point other than rest up for the marathon. With 5 days left before the marathon, no training I do will help, it can only hurt. Though running 3 or 4 miles a day at race pace wouldn't be a bad thing.
The best thing I could do for myself is get to bed earlier and sleep more. But, truth be told, I'm actually typing this at midnight on Tuesday. So I ain't doing myself any favors at the moment. But my thoughts start to solidify late at night.
I'm excited about this weekend. Not so much about running the marathon...my up and down training will preclude me from running at my best...you can't fool your body in the marathon I know well. I'm looking forward to spending Saturday night in solitude.
Yes, my wife and kid will not be joining me for the marathon experience this weekend. This does kind of bum me out that my wife does not want to join me and bring the kids up for the fun. But I understand her decision, as she is not particularly interested in a weekend centered around my running.
It would certainly be motivational knowing that my young boys are at the finish line to cheer me on. But perhaps another time.
So on one hand I'll enjoy time by myself, but on the other hand I'll miss not being able to share the experience with my family.
But ya know what, I'll have plenty of friends up there with me in the same boat. I've run in solitude nearly all of the miles I've trained over the last 33 weeks. Marathoning is an individual sport.
Wish me luck! All I want to do is finish at a respectable time, uninjured! :>