One week into my taper–my legs are starting to feel better, but still have a long way to go. Taper madness, however, is firmly in place!
Yesterday, Fran at Dutch Girl Gets Healthy, sponsored a virtual “pink dress” run for breast cancer awareness. The rules were simple–you could run a race, a training run, whatever you wanted, as long as it was on Oct. 16 and you wore pink.
So, two weeks out from my marathon I ran a 16-plus mile route, with four miles at marathon pace thrown in. I warmed up easy for about 2 miles, then set off on my four-mile MP segment. As has been happening every time I’ve tried to run MP, I went too fast. Maybe that’s why my legs are still feeling tired? Don’t answer.
Anyhow, after my 4 miles I swung back around to pick up my running partners and complete the 16ish course. I don’t wear a Garmin, (in spite of having one!) so the exact distance is a bit fuzzy, but I think all told we did around 16 1/2 in about 2:24. A decent day, but like I said, the last few miles reminded me that I still have a way to go to have fresh marathon legs.
I did wear a pink shirt, Fran, but I forgot all about taking a picture until much later in the day. At that point I considered pulling the wrinkled, sweaty shirt out of the dirty clothes for a picture (I would have laid the shirt on the ground, not put it back on!), but decided you would probably take my word for it. So there you have it. Be sure to check out Fran’s site for all the run reports, and for a fun look at running in the Netherlands.
I hope everyone’s training runs and races were great this weekend!