Tomorrow is my last long training run. You know the drill. T-minus 3 weeks before a marathon is supposed to be your longest training run.. somewhere in the 22 mile range.
I've been really struggling in previous long runs each week. To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to the Derby Festival Marathon at the end of the month because my running has been so poor lately. But the Papa Johns 10-miler went really well for me. I started out running 8 minute miles and only got faster as the race wore on, finishing the 10th mile in 7:31. It boosted my confidence heading into the 26.2 mile race in 3 weeks.
I think we can all learn lessons all the time when it comes to training. I just learned another one. I'm trying to figure out how I had such a good 10-miler last weekend. I kept expecting to start fading every mile past 4. But I got stronger and I think it's because I took a full 5 days off of running. I biked each day as much as 90 minutes, but I stayed off the running muscles. Maybe I need to do that more often.
Today's lesson: keep playing with your routine, even when you think you've got it all down perfectly. You might be surprised at what happens.