Monday, May 9, 2011
I spy the finish line
So I got my do over and today was my last long run! It was 9.3 miles, with hills, and I averaged 9 minute miles (well 9:02 minutes miles if we are going to get persnickety). It was a lot shorter than I wanted to run but I am figuring the hills made up for the lack of miles, right? Well, maybe not but I had time constraints because, you know, the husband had to get to work and Mason had to get to preschool! Ah, the life of a running mom!
I am so close to the end I can taste it! Since I started my "official" training on Feb. 21st I have run 198 miles. I've had good runs, bad run, and emergency stops. I braved rain, snow, wind, heat, treadmills, sick kids, sick me, exhaustion, and exhilaration! It has been a long journey and I can say without a doubt that I am a better runner for it. I have gotten so much out of it that I almost don't need to show up for the race. . .almost. I want that finisher medal!!
So was today a better run than yesterday? All I can say is- what a difference 30 degrees makes! I headed out at 6:40am and it was an awesome 60 degrees. Perfect running weather!
The first loop felt great and effortless. The hills on the second loop were a little tougher (and slower) but still good. During the final lap around the neighborhood I was beginning to feel a little fatigued but I felt like I could still go if I needed to. I would feel better about Sunday if I had done 12 miles, but I didn't, so it will just have to do.
The tapering begins now and this weeks workouts will be light and include a lot of swimming. Time to build up those glycogen stores and make sure I have fresh legs for race day. Now the most important question. . .is it too early to start carb loading?? =)