I got all I need

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.

 

 Recovering.  Trying to.

Recovering.  Trying to.

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.

 

 Not summer, still feels like summer   

Not summer, still feels like summer

 

 Except now fall is here, a few days later

Except now fall is here, a few days later

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.

 

 Spend a lot of time out here, but I never get over how beautiful the clouds can be   

Spend a lot of time out here, but I never get over how beautiful the clouds can be