Im more than halfway through a short n sweet 2 week taper and can't wait for a 12 mile "long run" with some goal paced miles mañana in some awesome temps.
Ok, so the only real difference in mileage from this week to last week's peak mileage is the reduction in miles for my long run.
Near the end of my 20 miler last week I was out by soldier field and heard Sweet Caroline playing at a festival. I started choking up almost immediately- because it brought back memories of my grandma (who passed away 11 years ago) and her love of Neil Diamond Fun fact: Neil Diamond was the first concert I ever attended. At the ripe old age of 7? and also because that song became the anthem of Boston post bombing. Or perhaps it was always played at Red Sox games but I never noticed during the games I went to...
The one thing I've noticed this year vs last years taper is that I'm super emotional.
Received my Fox Valley race plan from coach last Friday- I cried.
Last 2 miles of the 20- I cried.
Ran 2x3 miles at 7:18 pace on Wednesday, I cried.
Got my final weeks worth of workout from Coach and I cried.
Shit. As I write this my eyes are starting to well up.
And these are completely tears of joy.
I keep reflecting how far Ive come this year and am amazed at what my body and heart have been able to accomplish with the most amazing plan put together by Coach Britt.
Foto courtesy of Kim. Last years Fox Valley, and one of the best days of my life.
For so long (in regards to running) I've been operating at way under my potential. I slacked with training, I got injuries a lot. This year I feel I'm finally where I should be with running. I also felt that way last year but severely underperformed in Fox Valley due to my ankle injury.
I have only the happiest of thoughts going into tomorrow's long run and my workouts next week.