Taper is here a few days early. Now it is time to keep this finely tuned (and eye pleasingly shaped) machine I call my body primed, ready, and refreshed for the Bayshore Marathon on May 29th.
The final long long run (as opposed to short long runs or medium long runs - c'mon you know you subdivide your long runs that way too) was completed a few moments ago. Sweat is dripping onto my keyboard, turkey sandwich, and issue of PlayCalves* just so I can bring you this update in a timely manner.
Twenty-one miles down and it was completed as rungasmic as the 22 miler a few weeks ago. I don't know what it is but the long runs for this training season have gone as smoothly as any so far. The Year of the Ass Kicker is on! Of course, since I'm due for a poor long run, I'm sure karma will bite me in the ass on marathon day in the form of an 87 degree day and 30 mph winds.
21 miles @ 7:15 pace (elapsed time 2:32:24). Negative split! And last mile the fastest in 6:53!
If you are in the mid-Michigan area, be forewarned that another of my rungasms has occurred all over the streets. Chose your steps carefully.
Much like that 22 miler, I started slower than normal and held that easy pace for the first 8-9 miles and then just slowly picked up the pace. Eased on into it. No cramps afterwards. In fact, barely any stiffness or soreness at all. I popped 2 Tylenol after 12 miles (like before) and took shorter strides to ease the strain on my legs (I have a tendency to over stride).
I've been searching for my White Whale since the Boston Marathon. Have I finally found it? (Man the harpoons!)
Time will tell but this was a satisfying way to start taper. I feel like leaving $50 on the nightstand for the Run Fairy** to pick up.
As I sit here eating my rapidly soaking sandwich, one thought occurs to me: Maybe...could it be...after 30 years have I finally answered this question? The question that has been on everyone's mind: Is THIS what Willis was talking about?
Have a great weekend.
* You should see the centerfold. Nice calves...but I think they're implants.
** Maybe not a Run Fairy but a Run "Escort".