I ran 14.2 miles yesterday to give me 41 for the week and finish my 6 week streak of 40+ miles. The run involved a 4 mile out & back that I did 3 times (3rd time the fastest), then the rest on a cinder track and different loop. There were 2 questions on my mind during the last 2.2.
The first was how much should I taper this week? Should I drop to 35 miles? 30? Or do another 40 mile week taking advantage of the holiday Monday and keeping in mind that the June 9 marathon is not an ultimate goal, but a step along the way to getting in top shape. The first longer run toward my next big target: The Kettle Moraine 100K next year. 62 miles for 62 years!
The other question was whether I should wear my iPod on the marathon. This was prompted by my 3rd 4 mile O+B being faster with my iPod than the earlier 2 that I ran with my wife and without my iPod. Most of my 20 milers were done with an iPod. I could make a 3:30 (3:40?)playlist and try to finish before the music ends.
I welcome suggestions on the tapering question. But I know the answer to the second one. I will not wear an iPod. I need to be able to focus totally on the running effort. I believe that my ability to focus in races is what has led me to run times better than anyone expected. And I like to talk to other competitors and respond to spectators during a marathon.