Well sort of anyway….
It is the final count down to my half marathon. In exactly one week I will be heading out to do battle with my will and my legs to run that glorious, half-crazy 13.1 miles for the real thing…that beautiful finishers medal!!! Woot Woot! Bling Bling! I love those medals, I really do:)
It is also the official final count down to my MARATHON TRAINING. It is exactly 6 months, 0 weeks, and 2 days until my big, fat, totally, fully-insane marathon date. Unlike last February when I ran my first half marathon, I will NOT be taking 3 weeks off. I will be heading right into ramp up training. I admit I am a bit scared by the approaching training schedule. I already have every run mapped out on my calendar. Its official, and its officially a LOT of miles to come.
However, I am trying to be in the present and think about my race that is directly in front of me. As we discussed, I am in taper mode:) Today I only ( giggle) ran 8 miles!!! I made up of lack of miles by running them as fast as I could, pushing at race pace just to see what I could do. To my absolute delight, my race legs showed up today:)! I ran like the wind ( for me anyway). I hit a new personal record of an hour and 6 minutes for my first 10 K of the run:)! I managed negative splits ( running each successive mile faster than the one before it) the ENTIRE 8 miles:). And finally….drum roll…I ran my fastest mile as my last mile (a 10 minute mile)! For a relative slow poke like me, for a run over 3 miles in length, that was roadrunner speed:) My general, average, distance speed is around an 11 minute mile…so OH YEAH!
It was a great final distance run 🙂 I had my race legs, my compression calf sleeves, the wind in my hair, and a lovely Fall day ( for FL anyway). Next week its just a couple miles here and there to keep from getting creaky and then off to the races! I’d LOVE to beat my time of 2 hr 37 minutes if possible…if not, I just want to run strong and enjoy my new stronger legs as they carry me onward toward this finish line and the next!
Here’s to the miles behind and the miles and finish lines ahead!