It’s Friday morning and the New Jersey Marathon is Sunday… I should be crossing the start line almost exactly 73 hours from now. I’m feeling pretty good – dealing with a few taper nerves and just general excitement. After my highest mileage weeks a couple of weeks ago both Achilles tendons were feeling tight and a little sore but they have both bounced back with the reduced load.
My pre-run weight is flirting with the 155 lb. mark. While I wish it was a few pounds lower I am grateful to be making at least slow progress on that front. Weather looks good for the weekend – about 50 degrees at race time, low wind, partly sunny… can’t ask for much better.
I’m going to do 4 easy today, probably take tomorrow off then a mile or two jog on Saturday. Tomorrow night I plan to enjoy an nice carb-rich dinner. Saturday morning we’ll drive down to New Jersey.
My strength is the Lord but I am experimenting with beet juice - supposed to help the oxygen uptake. I ordered some through the local health food store and have started drinking it the last couple of days – kinda gives you the shivers but what won’t we runners do for a little extra speed and strength? The juice is VERY purple, powerfully so. Powerful enough to turn everything violet if you know what I mean.