After a long winter, and with a spring that feels like just a brightly lit winter, the past week has been relatively full of sunshine, for Southeast Michigan. After trading a crosstrain day for a 4.5 mile run, I had to keep a rest day and sit out a beautiful Saturday with my legs in mind (I had to ice a tendon in my ankle/foot after Friday’s “FAC 5k”).
It was all worth it for the beautiful midday run on Sunday. Steph strapped on her rollerblades and chased me around for a ‘figure 8’ patten cut through some of the local neighborhoods. It was a perfect day, and I had to keep my legs in check; they kept wanting to run a 10:30/mile instead of the 11:00/mile I was trying to hold. I did 6 miles, and it was an absolute pleasure. Hard to believe that a 6 mile run, that used to feel so insurmountable, could feel like a restful, breezy Sunday run.
My next 3 runs are 4, 3 and 2 miles, just to keep my muscles moving this week. I don’t know anything much about a taper, or about what really works for me, but I do know that my legs, after a focused 11 week training, are on the edge of being stressed out if I push too hard, so I’m going to let them recuperate so I can give my all at the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on Sunday. I’ve always managed in the past to take the smart route when it comes to strain on my body, so I’m going to keep up the trend in this taper.
But the excitement is hard to contain. I can’t believe it’s only 5.5 days away! I’ve been working toward it for over two months, and I feel ready for it entirely. My runs have all been solid, my times feel faster than they have any right to be.
Today I ironed out some intinerary details with Swem, and started assembling a little folder of papers I might want to refer to. I’m sure it’ll be overkill; I’ll probably have a hundred maps of the starting corrals, and the position memorized (intersection of blvd of the ailies and stanwix street, for us slowpokes thankyouverymuch) by the time the race rolls around, but for now it just feels good to put my hands around little things, and get ready for it.
5 days until the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.