Anyone else find the last long run before a marathon kind of bittersweet? Don’t get me wrong–I am always ready for it and ready to embrace the taper. But it’s also kind of hard to let go after a long training cycle.
I find the long run–the cornerstone of most marathon programs–to be my favorite part of the training. What’s better than spending several hours doing what you love? And if the company is right, the weather is perfect, and the legs are flowing, it just doesn’t get any better.
After months, not having more of the really big ones left is kind of a letdown. The final long one, in fact, is rather like a punctuation mark on your training cycle.
So I’ll embrace this weekend’s long run and savor it. This one should be extra special because 16 miles of it will be spent leading a pace group in our club’s Metric Marathon. I’ll do two miles before the race, then line up with my “pacees” and lead them to their goal time. Afterward, I’ll add on another four miles. Should be the perfect way to finish out.
How do you feel about the final long run before a big race? Happy, sad, or a bit of both?