I did it!
I made it to my Taper!
I ran my longest distance ever ever this morning!
How do I feel you may ask?
This morning, I got my ass out of bed at a hideously early time of the morning to run for 2 hours straight.
And that I did!
I ran 2 hours and 2 minutes a distance of 17k.
In that run I achieved a PR for my 5k at 33mins, and a PR for my 10k at 1hr 8mins.
I was glad to have covered a full 17k today, that leaves 4k of surprise time and effort.
As stupid as I felt, on completing my 17th k I smiled a ridiculously big smile all by myself in my little empty corner of the world.
Last weekend I ran for 1.5hours, and ended up with an almost strained hammy and glute. This week I feel nothing but tired legs, no ouchy pain and overly tight muscles.
The first half of the run seemed to fly by, like it was nothing. A podcast on Chi running probably helped with keeping form in check, and then the next few k started to alert me to some muscle fatigue. The last 2k was unreal. My body couldn’t really make up its mind – every now and then I would get inklings of struggle, but then it would come right seconds later. Mind transcendance really was a challenge at this point of the game. My mind wanted to be present in my body, but I was doing my best to make it bugger off somewhere else.
And unlike last week where I felt terrible for the majority, the change in scenery and route meant that I watched the sunrise from 3 different angles as I effectively ran around almost half of my town.
I watched the world wake up this morning, and though I like to be selfish with my Ghost town Sunday mornings, I enjoyed seeing everything come to life as each kilometer crept up on me. It really was something.
This brought week 12 to a close and I officially start my 2 weeks of Taper.
I missed 2 days of running this week, and I am glad I did. Healing had been this weeks main focus. Healing to get me to Sunday. Smash out Sunday and then relax. My plan worked and I am grateful that my ego didn’t get the better of me!
The next two weeks, as Taper suggests, are Recovery weeks. I have a few short runs on Course Terrain and one last 1.5hour run next Sunday.
I feel ready, ready for that last 4k. That is when everything is going to matter, that is when the true challenge of this thing is going to require everything I have.
I am excited, not so much nervous, more curious. I have been grateful enough to not have race day nerves, I will be grateful again if I stick to my Race plan and not be all rookie and go out too fast too early.
So as I bring this post to a close, I want to mention the podcast that has seen me through every ‘long run’ I have had throughout the last 2-3months. Running Long with Steve has been a lot of what has gotten me this far. So in the words of the creator of Phedippidations…
Run Long and Taper,
P.S. I turn 30 today – achieving 2 PR’s and a PB has been the best gift! RUN! Just Run!