and so here we are.  Two days away from my "A" race.  It has been quite a while since I have put all my eggs in one basket for one race.  I do feel ready and have little doubt I can have redemption from last year disappointing result.  The struggle today is deciding on a goal that allows me to do as well as possible, without overreaching.  My goals? 1st a PR of sub 3:57. 2nd 3:50 3rd sub 3:50. 
  • 41m 12s
  • 4.50 miles
  • 09m 10s /Mi
ez pace, blind (didn't look at watch until I got back) run.   This really didn't feel as good as I was hoping.  I was tired, it was dark and I was overdressed because weather man said it was cooling down, but it really had not by the time I ran.  weight is up slightly I suppose because I am carbo loading and hardly working out.  Dear Sunday morning: please get here.

  • 23m 32s
  • 3.00 miles
  • 07m 50s /Mi

1 mile w/u (9:15)
4 x 400 @ 80%
1. 1:34
2. 1:35
3. 1:32
4. 1:29
1 mile c/d 8:01

  • Stretching
  • 05m

Busy day yesterday and last night meant no run.  That's ok because things are supposed to be pretty quiet this week.  Of course I am getting taper madness, thinking I need to go run a bunch of miles or I will lose what I have earned over the last 4 months.  I'm afraid that every little creak is a new injury (or old one) I was not anticipating.  I'm afraid that a stressful week will be hard on my body (which of course is stressing me out more) I am stressing about the weather (which looks darn near perfect right now).  I am stressing about my goals.  Ah the beautiful time that is taper.  Will do a run tonight.

UPDATE nice track session to calm my nerves.

  • Yoga
  • 30m
Fought the urge to run in the nice weather and to pad my monthly total (new PR for total miles for a month) Keeping my eyes on the prize, which is next Sunday.

  • 1h 47m 43s
  • 13.00 miles
  • 08m 17s /Mi

out 54:06 (8:19 pace)
back 53:37 (8:15 pace)

  • Stretching
  • 10m
Last 'long' run before Mary. I probably took this a bit too fast.  Wanted to go marathon pace, but got out in front of it.  I blame the run/walk to Wing 2.5 run that was going on the trail.  My race instinct picked up and I found myself going a bit fast.  Turned my Garmin on at mile 5 (to figure out where the 6.5 turn around would be) and my pace was 8:00.  Opps. Tried to ease back a little on return trip, but wanted to negative split, so I pushed back up for last couple miles.  I think fair to say that I would blow up if I took marathon at this pace (at least 1st 1/2)

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