The legs are coming around! I met up with Brenden today for a 2×2 mile tempo workout and felt like my typical starting-to-taper self. What a fun feeling. We came through in 11:33 and 11:38 and I felt strong, efficient, and my feet were slapping the pavement & bouncing up quickly, snappily. I could have pushed harder (cool feeling!), but at this point I just want to be running fast & not totally trashing the legs.
The whole workout was just 10 miles. I hardly felt like it was enough – I’m typically completely wiped out after a workout with Brenden! Yeah, tapering!!
This is perfectly timed as I’ll be putting together my stuff for the race this weekend. Now I can truly throw out all of the doubts I had the last week and a half, think through pacing without thinking “well, I haven’t hit my times in anything recent… is this really do-able?”. Instead, I can start to get really excited and enjoy the last part of the taper. Yes 🙂
Oh — PLEASE let a cold front come through for next weekend. It’s going to be a hot one here in MN this weekend (90 and humid) and initial forecasts for next Saturday call for a very humid day. I don’t race well in humidity… hopefully with enough praying things might change?? 🙂