I'm two weeks away from my first marathon in two years and was excited to go out for what would be my last challenging long run last Saturday. A short long run...a 13 miler. Someone from my race group said, "hey, I read your last blog, I think you're crazy to be following the Furman (FIRST Marathon Training Plan.) Considering the proximity to the race, it struck me as a bit odd to be questioning my training. I posted the question to my DailyMile, "When should this advise be offered or should he have stuck to encouragement two weeks away from the race?" I got some heated reactions.
Some of the responses;
The last two weeks of a plan (taper) are more about the mental preparation and of course diet and rest. Not sure this comment helps feed the mental preparation. Have you had someone offer advice this close to a race, and how did you handle it? Should this opinion have been offered or kept to themselves until after the race to either congratulate or say "I told you so!?"
My response to the question was probably way too polite to the effect of, "we shall see," or it seems to work for me." By the way...the name of the blog that he read was "Back to Seeking Boston Marathon" which talked about how NOT running Boston fueled my determination to get back there. I proceeded to have a reallly crappy long run that day. I rebounded nicely yesterday and today. From here on out, I'll focus on Back to Seeking Boston Marathon.