long run reflections

Today I hit the trail for my last long run in preparation for MCM next Sunday.

I hardly ran all week long – 12 miles total over the course of 6 days.  Do you know how crazy that made me?  Completely.  Completely Crazy.  But, I believe in the taper and know my legs need the rest so I that will be ready on race day.  So that there will be no doubt that maybe I did too much leading up to the race. 

My legs felt fresh today.  I was ready to run.  My long run pace has been a comfortable 9:00 mile this training season, and I knew that even though I felt like running faster than that today it was not wise to do so.  The first mile was too fast – 8:34 – but I pulled myself together and slowed down.  This is a skill I am going to need to be sure to have in those first several miles of the marathon on Sunday.  I do not want to go out too fast and risk burning out or hitting the wall later on.  My goal is to run negative splits and finish faster than I started.  My goal is to feel strong and powerful towards the end of my race, not defeated.

Mile 1 – 8:34
Mile 2 – 8:59
Mile 3 – 9:00
Mile 4 – 9:00
Mile 5 – 8:52
Mile 6 – 8:38
Mile 7 – 8:54
Mile 8 – 9:15
Mile 9 – 9:08
Mile 10 – 8:55

The last two miles of today’s run were to be run at race pace.  I didn’t exactly do that – the first mile was right on target but the second was too fast.  That’s okay with me though.  I’m happy with how it went.  I felt strong and in control.

Mile 11 – 8:14
Mile 12 – 7:46

I am ready for my marathon next week.  I have put in all the work.  I have been smart.  It is time to trust in my training, time to believe in myself.

6 thoughts on “long run reflections

  1. Great pacing, Jessica! I totally understand about pulling back, especially during taper week. Holding back (and the craziness of taper) will all be worth it in one short week.

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