Yesterday I ran the last 20 mile run on my schedule. It wasn't the greatest. I'm definitely a cold weather runner, and it was pretty warm yesterday. It had to be in the 60's when I was done and it was windy. I know that doesn't sound hot, but after training in very cold conditions, it takes a little while for my body to acclimate to the heat. I also had drank a caffeinated soda before the run, which I have never done before. I had a panicky feeling for the first couple hours and had a hard time settling into a groove. Anyway, between the heat and the caffeine my heart rate was up. I had to walk a few hills and my pace was slow, but I got it done.
Since the 20 miler is done and the marathon is 3 weeks away, that can only mean one thing: It's Taper Time!! The first day after the last 20 miler is the best. I still have the lingering sense of pride over finishing the long run (even though it wasn't the confidence booster I had hoped for) and the marathon is still too far away to worry about. Even though there are still plenty of training runs left, I certainly feel like I can take a little bit of a breather. I'm hoping to get outside on the bike and in the pool on a more regular basis.
Good luck to Velma who is running the St. Louis Go! Marathon this weekend!