Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and My Last Week of Tapering

What a day...

I started out with an awesome run this morning and then did a TV interview in the afternoon about raising money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

If you want to check out the video click here: Live 5 News CBS Charleston, SC.

I have now surpassed my original goal of $1000! I can not begin to tell you how much it means to me to be running this race in support of the Semper Fi Fund. I have so many friends that are Marines. I also have friends that have spouses that are Marines and are serving over seas. Finally, I owe so much to the Marines that have spent so much time "motivating" me at Boot Camp.

Its hard to even talk about my tapering, but this is a workout blog and not just for my rambling...

I made this post earlier, but decided to change it to include the whole week of tapering instead of just doing each day.
On Tuesday, 10-20-09, I went out in the cold morning and ran a five mile tempo run. It was in the lower 40's so I was wearing running pants and a long sleeve shirt. I ran down Coleman, over Shem Creek and back home. My pace felt great from warm up to the end (10:11, 8:34, 8:38, 8:40, 8:40). I did not do too much of a cool down so I walked for a few minutes when I got back home.
On Wednesday, 10-21-09, I did my last track workout before the race. It was a cool morning, much like the race day will be. I made a point of wearing just about the same thing as I would on Sunday. The workout was mostly to dial in our marathon pace.
1 x 800 - warm up
2 x 400 - (2:12-2-16) 60 second passive rest - Do this until pace is correct
3 x 1200 - (6:40) 2 minute passive rest
1 x 800 - cool down
I was a little fast on most of my splits, but not too bad. I always go a little faster on the track, but I think I have the pace down for the marathon. My 1200's were (6:27, 6:26, 6:30).
On Thursday, 10-22-09, I went down to the gym for a two mile slow run. I met up with a small group and we ran around the inside track while Boot Camp was going on. After Boot Camp the Marines called us in and wished us luck on the race.
Friday I am planning on doing three slow miles to keep my legs loose. After that I will be resting and hydrating.
My legs are really feeling strong and I am mentally geared up for the race. Time to head to the big city for the race!

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