Today, 15 miles were calling. I'll say up front that it was a great run where I accomplished everything I set out to. I love when that happens!
S's foot is still bothering her so we headed over to Leif so she could bike along while I ran. I honestly would've preferred that she be able to run, but her biking really pulled me along. It was as if I had my own personal trainer. We've been completing our long runs in a 10:30 to 11:15 pace. The last 22 miler was at 11:00. For the taper, my goals are to decrease mileage but increase intensity. Despite taking walk breaks (run 15:00, walk 1:30), my overall pace today was 10:02. Its been awhile since I've run that fast in a long run! A few times I couldn't talk without needing to stammer and catch my breath. I thought I may be running too fast and was going to crash and burn. But I felt strong throughout and even skipped one of my planned walk breaks at about 10 miles.
Conditions were perfect....50's with a low cloud cover but no rain. I thought we'd see more people out there, but I think everyone was sleeping in for Memorial Day. On the way back a runner came down a connecting trail just before us. I realized it was Wendell, one of the race organizers from the day before, so I called out to him. He was out collecting the last of their tags before heading back home. We chatted and ran together for about 2 miles and then he headed back up another trail to continue with his task.
By the end of the run we were seeing more runners, hikers and bikers, but still a light turnout for a weekend day...although I guess it really isn't the weekend. Then we headed to Starb$cks for our usual post-run recovery ritual of caffeine, sugar and fat. (I think there may be some carbs in there!)
I hope everyone else's long weekend turned out as well as mine.