I ran my last “long” run of this training cycle, a short 8-miler.
The plan was to keep the first 6 miles at an easy pace and then, if I felt up to it, run the last 2 miles at goal marathon pace. I felt good during the first part of the run, despite a little bit of taper-typical phantom pain in my left knee (taper: ugh) and decided to pick up the pace for the end.
After running home, I engaged in my usual long post-run stretch session. I don’t know why I stretch for so long (okay, I do–I use that time to catch up on social media), but I started a few months ago and can’t break the habit of stretching for a minimum of 20 minutes. I think it’s working, though, because (knock wood) my legs feel pretty loose and strong.
Only 5 days until race day! I’m feeling confident about keeping an 8:25 to 8:30/mile pace at Newport. Two more short runs, 9-hour sleep sessions, and some serious carb loading are all that separate me from the big day.
Are you training for any races right now? Which one? Where are you in your training cycle?