Friday, October 12, 2012

The last 20 miler before the race!!!

I cannot believe that I have almost made it to the end of my marathon training! Tomorrow is my last long run before I begin my taper for my first marathon which is Monday, October 29th!

I am running 20 miles tomorrow, nice and steady. Not too fast and not too slow! I just need to get in those last few miles before giving my body a MUCH needed recovery so that I can come back strong on race day. I have said this before but my goals for the race are simply to finish STRONG! I want to sprint through that finish line with a smile on my face and a knee that is not in too much pain. I have to be able to run again shortly after the marathon as I have another race coming up in March and I must get back to strength training and my HIIT that I was doing prior to marathon training. I was by far the leanest and most fit during this time NOT during my marathon training. Hard to believe I know but my body just responded to strength training far more than long distance running.

I have a massive marathon training blog that I have to write, once promised weeks ago! I will be posting photos from 5 or 6 of my long runs and I look forward to sharing some pre-race blogs that are very dear to my heart.

I hope to report back tomorrow that I had a successful 20 miler! Maybe not as fast as last weeks but a success in terms of covering the distance without injury. Right now, this is MOST important. I have to make it to the race healthy!! Too many of my marathons have been canceled due to injury.......not this time!!!

Here I last 20 miler....wish me luck!


shelbernst said...

To me, just finishing is successful! I am running my first half on the 20th and really nervous. The most I have run without stopping in 10 but I have been sick for the last 3 weeks so only ran once a week for 3 weeks. Hoping to do another 10 tomorrow or more but it is supposed to storm, a little bummed. I am so proud of you. I started about where you started and hope to finish where you finish! You are an inspiration.

MojoMissy said...

If you've read my blog, you know I can't run due to plantar fasciitis, so please run for me! I'm cheering you on!!!

Milan said...

Wooo hooo! Congrats we are all running with you!!!

Yvonne said...

I just turned 46 years old, am still overweight, but recently started working out and changed my eating habits. It's a work in progress and a struggle every day, but I keep at it. Anyway, one of my goals is to run a marathon. I've never been a runner, I actually hate it. But I think that I am ready to take on the challenge. Thanks for the inspiration!