Yes, exciting run this morning.
The weather was gorgeous, the temps cool, and I was excited for the run. My plan was to run 13 miles with 12 at MP. I decided to go on the Minuteman bikepath which is 5 minutes from my house, mostly up toward Bedford, and then down back home. Lots of runners on the path, which is always nice.
The first couple miles were hard. My legs felt heavy and my calves hurt. WTF? I was running about 10 seconds over MP, and getting frustrated that the run seemed hard. A series of random pains came and went - ITband, check; R calf, check; L pubic bone, check. By mile 3 I got in a groove and was able to hold MP. I started to actually enjoy the run at mile 5, and got faster and faster while keeping a fairly low effort level. Nice! Around mile 8 I saw this woman with never ending legs in front of me, and behind her, a blond tanned guy. No way, but yup, they were Ryan Hall and his wife Sara. They've been in Boston for the past 2 weeks, running in Concord, Lincoln and on the Minuteman. I ran a little faster and literally stared at him while he smiled. In retrospect I should have said something, but I did not. They were both running on the bits of trail on the side of the path, at about a 7:25, I would say. With the stroll of adrenaline I ended up running the last miles way faster than planned. My R hip flexor complained a bit, but it is much better today thanks to lots of icing and stretching. No more running faster for me this training cycle, I promise!!!
Now the real taper begins. The dreaded days off of any exercise. I don't remember when I last had one of these. Last week I biked and I swam in addition to running, but this week there will be no biking and only a little swimming in addition to the (gasp) 15-18 miles of running!I am working on looking forward to the rest and visualizing it healing up all the wear and tear that I put my body through during this marathon cycle.
I am feeling very calm about this marathon, which is unusual. I feel ready to fight, and ready to embrace whatever the day will bring. This is my first Boston as a qualified runner, and I feel pretty proud to participate in this race along with other great runners. The temps are looking really good now with highs of 56 and lows of 43, perfect running weather. Hopefully the forecast will not change!
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