Right before a goal race, we often utter the reassurance that the “hay is in the barn.” If that’s true (and I believe it is), then I’m deep in the fury to get that hay into the barn. With 9 weeks to go until VCM and a 2 week taper, I have 7 weeks left to do some serious work. In fact, it was this pressure that got me through a windy, cold easy run this afternoon. As the gusts knocked me around, I just kept repeating (in my head, I hope) “every mile counts.” With the MCAT breathing down my neck and class in full swing, it’s easy to convince myself that I’m too tired to run or to cut a run short.
To keep myself focused, the next 7 weeks are mostly plotted out. Long runs are scheduled; 3 20s, an 18 and 2 16’s await me before taper. I have 3 weeks at peak mileage, a cutback week, 3 more weeks at peak and then taper. If I can survive that (and keep up with my core, flexibility and weight routines), I should be golden. Easy, right?