A friend and I were talking today about how few long runs we have in these three weeks before the half. According to the Jeff Galloway run/walk/run plan, this Saturday and Saturday February 18th we have just three miles scheduled, leaving us just one really long (14 miles!) run before the half. I am not sure how I feel about this….
On one hand, the pressure of just one more long run is comforting. I have worked hard and put my time (and miles) in. It feels good to know that it’s all downhill from here. On the other hand, I feel like I need to keep pushing my distance. Pushing my distance will help me both physically and mentally. More long runs will improve my speed and endurance. Long runs also condition me mentally to keep going. I know the reason behind tapering it to give my legs the rest they need to perform on race day. In a way, it still makes me feel uncomfortable. I feel like I am going to lose some of my hard earned endurance by taking it easy now.
How are you attaching this last month of training? What are you doing to keep your endurance up but still give your body a rest before the big day?
A dream is a wish…