Sunday, May 23, 2010
And that's pretty much a wrap! Our last long run was 8 miles on Saturday. Once again, we did it in two groups. I ran at 6 am with Jen because she had a tennis tournament to play at 7:45. The rest of the girls ran a bit later, but we all did the 4-mile loop at City Forest two times.
On the schedule, we have three short runs of 4, 3 and 2 miles left and then we leave for Burlington.
I really wanted my last long run to feel victorious and freeing, but for whatever reason, both hips and quads ached for the whole thing. There is no real explanation for this, as I only ran 11 miles during the previous week. I just don't want to hurt on the marathon, at least not for the first half. I'm toying with throwing caution to the wind and taking some ibuprofen on the morning of the race. I'll see what a restful week does for the state of my quads.
I remember this feeling from the last week of training right before the SF Nike Marathon too: my legs are as muscly as they have ever been. I'm aware with every step I take that I have really changed things up with all this running. When I'm just walking around, I love how solid my legs feel. Is this okay to be telling you? It's just that it's so true.
One more week. Please don't let me get a cold, develop a cough, eat the wrong food, trip on the curb, fall down the stairs, or strain my back. If I could just lock myself into a padded room with only water, vitamins, green smoothies, a massage therapist, and an endless supply of carbs, I would do it.
So, we made it this far! I'm very proud of all of us, and very, very excited. There might be a few posts this week that mention the word marathon. Stay tuned.
Posted by Emilie at 3:15 PM