My last long run before next week’s One City Marathon is in the can. It was 8 miles of fun with 10k at marathon pace. It felt short for a long run but refreshing at the same time. I like to do my last one eight to ten days out from race day and opted for this morning for a few reasons. One was that I didn’t want to push it to Sunday. The second was that I didn’t want to tack it on to another workout.
The third is that In my infinite wisdom I also opted run a 5k this weekend. I’ll be ‘racing’ the Big Wish 5k Saturday morning with no goal other than something to keep the intensity up heading into marathon week. It definitely won’t be a PR but that’s fine with me. I’ve saving it for next weekend. Plus, with all this tapering, it’ll be nice to get out there with some other runners for a little laughter.
I do have a a little worry sneaking in that with three pure rest days and one shake out day I might go a stir crazy next week. Recently I’ve used my Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook to fill some of my non-running hours with great success. These Superhero Muffins are delicious! I guess my next move is to put some extra reading time and maybe a nap or two on the schedule.
So other than worrying about going taper bonkers, I’m feeling ready. My legs are itching for a longer workout and my brain is ready for some discomfort. This has been a successful training cycle no matter what and I can’t complain. I learned a lot, pushed myself to more miles than ever before and stayed injury free. All I can ask for now is some really nice weather on race day.
How long is your last long run before a marathon or half? Does it ever change?