This weekend was my final long training run. It’s been a long summer training for this half marathon and though I’ve marveled at my progress and am so proud of my accomplishments and that I’ve done all of this prep while only returning to running 6 months ago, the fact is: I’m tired. I’m starting to get to that burnt out phase in my training where all I want is one weekend where I can sleep (and sleep and sleep and sleep and sleep…). My body needs a break and it is ready for a break. After the race in two weeks, I will be giving it a break from running for a couple of weeks. I need to recharge and re-ignite that hunger for the pavement while I finalize my winter running plans (and invest in a good pair of running tights for the cold winter days!)
That said, I have to say that I had the best long run this past weekend. The schedule called for 19k but my fellow fit mom, Leslie and I decided that we wanted to test out the race course and do the full 21k before the big day. Neither of us had run in this area before so wanted to see if there was anything we should be on the lookout for to help us prep for race day.
This course is beautiful. It follows a forest trail for the first 6-7 miles then goes through a quiet neighbourhood to bring it back home. It was lovely. One thing I did notice is that the trail through the forest is very narrow so there won’t be a lot of room to pass for those first few miles. I’m really hoping the staggered start will help keep that issue to a minimum so there isn’t a lot of weaving and start/stopping.
For now, I’m basking in the afterglow of a great run and looking forward to tapering down over the next two weeks. My knees will also be thankful for less running.
Have a fantastic week everyone!