Last long mile training week before Manitoba Marathon

So this is the last long training week I have in the plan for the upcoming Manitoba Marathon.  The week is scheduled at a total of 50 miles (of which I have already lost 5 and completed 15).

Saturday is 10 miles and Sunday is 20 – I haven’t pulled a run longer than a half marathon distance in several weeks and I need to make absolute certain I pull it off this weekend.

Weather so far looks like it will cooperate so I intend to do both the 10 and 20 outside at the park.  We don’t have any other plans this weekend so hopefully things will come together.  I think I need the confidence that completing the full miles for the weekend will bring.  This will make it easier to do the tapering runs as planned without thinking too hard about whether or not I need to add in another 20 miler just in case.

My weight is not really cooperating right now but between work stress, a day long road trip and eating out a few times (plus a beer or 2) it is understandable but still a bit frustrating.  It’s not like my weight is spiking up and going above 235 or 240 but I need to get it moving in the right direction again.

So I am going to push through this weekend and see where I am Monday morning after the long runs and then see if I can lose 4-8 pounds over the following 3 weeks leading into the Manitoba Marathon.  At this point I would love to be down to 217 but I would be happy around 222 and would still find under 225 very acceptable.

To accomplish this I will be dropping coke completely (and just using coffee for my caffeine fix), ensuring that I continue my protein breakfasts, watching to ensure I am not snacking in the evening and making sure I am taking a good lunch to work to prevent snacking there.

I also plan to start walking to and from work once the weather stabilizes – we don’t have anything currently for the kids after work that needs me to get home 5 minutes after work is over so it should fit into our schedule.  The 30-35 minute walk each way should go a long way to keeping the legs stretched out for the marathon, will burn some extra calories and may help reduce some work stress as well.

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