Wrapping it up, you guys! Taper time. Don't tell the Hanson bros, but I'm deviating a little from their taper. Which is not really a taper, IMO. I know I thrive on more of a real rest in the last weeks of training, so I'm going my own way here at the end. Keeping the pace and frequency the same, but dialing down the volume. I think it will really help me absorb the work and feel fresh on the start line. Plus, I was feeling a little maxed out, to be honest. I hit three 50+ weeks in the past two months, and that's a lot for me. I wasn't injured but I was a little worried about tipping into overtraining. The last long tempo drained me, and I was a little under the weather so recovering took longer. My legs felt trashed for the next few days, which was unusual. So I cut one run short and then took an extra day off, and that helped.
So last Friday was my last ten mile tempo, twelve total. I wasn't feeling great. The day before I'd gotten my flu shot and felt the effects. (BECAUSE I'M A FINELY TUNED MACHINE, ha.) Felt a little feverish, a little gland-swollen. I was thinking I could try to back off the pace, but I also really wanted to nail this last long important run. So I went for it. Of course it had to be a hot day. Overall, I got the paces in and didn't feel really bad until the last two miles. I stopped twice for a minute or two to drink water and get my shit together. I had to go to the well for that last mile. And felt pretty wobbly and knocked out after. Though the lake was a good cool down, even in October.
Today I ran my last strength workout, 3 x 1 mile at 9:34. I felt strong enough that it was hard to keep my pace down. But also legs a little sore and heavy. Will need to amp up the yoga stretches and some protein, and in a few days I hope they'll be more normal. Definitely feeling reflective today. I chose to listen to one of my earliest playlists from way back in the summer when I was just beginning the intervals, 10 400s, etc. That brought me back. Can't believe I've come this far... race is in just a week and a half. One more tempo (just to sharpen up), and a bunch of easy runs, and then: go time.