Richmond Marathon – Let the taper begin

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My last long run is officially done! Since the end of August, I have been training hard for Richmond Marathon on November 13th. There is a special goal behind all of the hard work… to achieve a Boston Qualifier (BQ). Granted this is only my second marathon, the goal is realistic.

The training approach for this marathon has not been about quantity, but quality miles, including various speed work. Here is a sample week from my training:

Monday –  Easy Run: 4 mi @7:31
Tuesday  – Rest / Cross-train
Wednesday  – Tempo Run: 6 mi Inc Warm 4 mi @6:17; Cool
Thursday – Rest / Cross-train
Friday – Rest / Cross-train
Saturday – Long Run: 20 mi @7:31
Sunday – Rest

As you can see, this is not a high-mileage program, allowing my legs received plenty of rest before my longest run. These adjustments have paid dividends, as all of my training runs have been solid. The true test will be on November 13th when I run the Richmond Marathon. Expecting  a flat course with heavy crowd support, let’s hope the weather cooperates.

See you in Richmond.

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