I did a taper no-no today - I ran twice! An easy 3 miler in the am (to test my clothing options in the 30 degree foggy weather) and and easy 3 miler on the treadmill tonight. I don't know what got into me but I just felt the need to run.
The day I have been training for since Sunday, August 10th is almost here. When I crossed the finish line in San Diego on May 31st one of the first things I said through my tears was, "never again." However, within minutes the tears turned into a smile and I got pretty proud of myself. I had just ran a marathon!!! 26.2 miles!!! Something I never in a million years thought I would do. My training for San Diego started off really strong, however, in those last few weeks between school and work I missed some crucial runs. Sure, I got in all the long ones but I wasn't getting in all the weekday one. I wasn't proud or happy with myself but I had a running schedule that, due to my amount of free time, was not conducive to my schedule.
I sat down to analyze my training plan this time for the last 18 weeks. My original schedule totaled 429.5 miles and to date I have run 404.9 (I have one 3 miler left, which I will make 3.1 to end on a round number) so in the end it will be 408 miles. My highest mileage week was 36 and my lowest was 16. I know compared to many training plans out there this mileage is fairly low, however, as with San Diego I still had work and school to factor into my schedule. I really wanted a realistic schedule - something I knew would get the job done but not be too time consuming since I had to still factor in school and work. Most importantly I wanted something I would stick to. I didn't always do the runs on the days they were scheduled, but I got them done. I am not thrilled I missed those 21.5 miles, but after doing the math I realized I finished 94.9% of the miles I set out to do. The best part, 99.9% of those miles felt awesome.
I know I am more prepared for CIM than I was for San Diego. I am still shocked that I went from never doing a marathon to 2 in one year! I am excited to have people to see out on the course, have a great spectator crew and I can't wait to listen to some great songs to my i-pod (I'm in love with Adam Lambert's, "I'm here for your entertainment"). We are headed to the Expo first thing Saturday morning and I am looking forward to buying some fun stuff as well.
As much as I am excited for December 6th to come, it doesn't come without sadness as well. Starting January 4th, I will be committing myself to 8-10 hours a day of studying for the California State Bar at the end of February. I have more to discuss on this topic later but CIM will mark my last race for a while, the last time I will probably run a double digit run for two months. After San Diego I was a little burned out from running and took a much needed break, however, I feel quite the opposite right now. Yes, I am looking forward to not waking up at 4:45 am Sunday mornings but isn't that what makes it all worth it? Those early morning runs, listening and watching the world wake and knowing that if nothing else happens that day you got in a good run?
I am taking my race outfit on my last run tomorrow morning before the big day. I am going to try and do one more post before race day, expo, race outfit, etc. I can't wait!!