This week was quite a contrast to last week. I didn't really feel like running even though it is my taper week and it was only 10 miles. (Logan being up all night didn't help and that cold is not going away like I want it to!) The upside being that it was only 10 miles and I would have a running partner for the whole run! This would be Jodi's longest run yet and I was excited for her. The other good thing was the weather was supposed to be nice. I got up later than I have been and we didn't leave until after 10:30. But by then it was pretty nice and I even got to wear short sleeves by about halfway through. The run was nice, I had trouble breathing due to the cold, felt like I needed more drinks today than normal, and talking was once again a challenge. We were able to do a negative split with the first lap of 5 miles in 54 minutes and the second lap in 48 minutes. A 10 minute 11 second pace overall. I took my ice bath again for fun. (Logan asked if I was having a bubble bath! If only!) My legs weren't feeling too bad, but I don't want to risk it. I really can't believe that in one week from today I'll be done running another marathon. Last year I couldn't wait for the taper. But I really think I was a tad overtrained last year. Because it's sooner this year I think I may go nuts next week! But the way I was feeling today...who knows...maybe I'll love it!
I also get to carbo load the end of this week. I didn't do it right last year (ate too much protein and not enough carbs) and hope to do better this year. But that means recording what I eat and I hate doing that! After next week, my training will be weird as I try to recover from the marathon and try to get in a few long runs and then taper for the next marathon. The normal taper starts at 3 weeks and I may not even be recovered by then. I'll guess I'll just have to see how I feel and play it by ear.