I always look forward to the time when I can start tapering down on my mileage! I can breathe a sigh of relief and reflect on all my hard work that I have been putting in for the last few months. I was feeling pretty crappy and burned out last week and I had to get myself back in gear and finish up the last few weeks of my training. I have one more ten mile run to complete this Sunday and then it's time to slow things way down.
I did make it to the gym last Friday after work, as I said I would, and knocked out 7 miles on the treadmill. I had to try something different to deal with my hateful feelings towards the treadmill and decided to alternate my miles between marathon and half marathon pace. The time seemed to go by much faster so I think I found a new way to tolerate the days when I have to run on the dreadmill! Maybe if I had a "New Best Friend" like Gourmet Runner, I might fall in love again!
I also ran a half marathon around the neighborhood on Sunday morning. I planned on doing 13 miles but just had to get that extra .10 miles in for some odd reason. The weather was perfect, 60 degrees, and there was a light mist during my entire run. My average pace was 8:44 and I was happy with that. It was really refreshing and I can only hope that the weather will be this nice in two weeks when I run the Long Beach Marathon. I am keeping my fingers crossed!