First off, I thought I'd show you my beautiful flowers from Matt & Lola. These are my "We're sorry you didn't get into Boston, but we still love you flowers." LOL......I am at the point now where I can joke about my rejection. I think. ;)
Today was my final scheduled 20 mile long run before my 7th full Marathon in PEI, which is 3 weeks away! OMG! Where did those last 15 weeks go!?!?
Obviously I ran my big 20 slow and
easy steady today. I dared not write 'easy' since every step hurt today. Like, a lot. This was without a doubt from yesterday's Double Race Day! I kept my run as flat as geographically possible after the monster hills in my Leg of the Rum Runner's Relay yesterday. Let's just say that when I got out of bed today someone's hammies and glutes were tight and sore!
Look at me being all perky and peppy 'before' my run, (top left), LOL. What did I know!?
I should also mention that today's run was super hot, again. All 3 long runs of 20 miles during this training cycle have been run in hot sunny weather....what is up with that? Earlier in the week I wore a scarf to work. A scarf people!
Next up, the tough parts. I knew my sluggish legs wouldn't be able to handle any fast miles today. So I kept it at a conservative pace. I stayed on the Rails to Trails the entire time for two reasons: 1. It's super flat and 2. It offered some shade. Some, not much.
Two snake encounters later and I was at 11 miles. :0 My energy stores were running on 'very low' and my thirst levels were sky rocketing! I fuelled up with a Vanilla Bean Gu and three big gulps of blue Gatorade. It tasted like awesomeness in a fuel bottle! I trudged along for another 3 miles before I really started to feel the hurt. Those last 6 miles were tough. I took drinks about every mile and then worried I'd run out. I always carry enough change in my fuel belt though for instances like that. Luckily today I didn't need to dip into my $1.75 savings. ;)
With two miles to go I felt like I was running on wobbly jello legs. I also got a bit nauseous. Dehydration had definitely set in. I hydrated along the run, obviously, but it was just so dang warm!
I highly considered walking home at 19.5 miles, but trashed talked myself into running the remainder of the way home. LOL.
2hrs 56 min
8:51 Avg. pace/mile
I literally fanaticized about the watermelon, Gatorade and Coconut water I had at home. I guzzled down one full bottle of orange Gatorade, one can of coconut water, one glass of regular water and 4 slices of watermelon like nobody's business upon arriving home.
After an awesome shower, I brewed a Chocolate Chip Cookie flavoured coffee. I sat in my rocking chair super exhausted watching Friends' Reruns when the knock from heaven came on the door. Girl Guides were making their rounds, and I definitely supported them. :)
Today is officially the launch of my Taper Time. Beware! ;) Just kidding. I always look forward to the bittersweet Taper of Marathon training. I feel like I've done all my homework and now I need to embrace the 'extra' time I'll have. I've done all my high mileage runs, completed many races, ate reasonably well and incorporated strength training into my regimen. PEI is 3 weeks away.
I feel like I've reached the line between peaking and over training. It's a very fine line and runner's should definitely learn to distinguish between the two. When my taper time arrives, my body is certainly ready for it. My first clue is always a sniffley cold. The problem with tapering is that I feel like I 'should' be running 'more' and that I am 'losing fitness.' These thoughts make me an undesirable mess to be around. What fun! lol. I know this is common of the running savage athlete like myself, so let the Taper Begin!
I hope your week ahead is full of smiley miles. Have a beautiful evening everyone!