It is officially taper time! For the next 3 weeks, all I see on my training plan is progressively easier and easier workouts. (!!!) To get to this point, I really had to work this weekend. I did my very first 22 mile training run! I have always maxed out at 20 miles for my other marathons, but this time, I decided to do something different. Hopefully that 22 miles will make it so I do not hit the wall – fingers crossed!!
I was lucky enough to have a lot of support for this run. Courtney was a trooper and joined me for the first 10 miles, bright and early before the sun even came up. We held a solid 8:05-8:10 pace, and were just killing the first half of the run! I dropped Courtney off, did a couple more miles, and then went to grab Marcus, right after catching this…
It doesn’t get much better than that. Marcus and I ran the next 8 miles together, I dropped him off, and then set out for the last 2 miles. My goal was to hit them at goal pace, and I pretty much killed them (just saying). I clocked them at 7:53 and 7:58, and even felt like I could go longer. I can not wait until the marathon gets here! I am sooo ready to kick some major butt!! Nashville, look out. I’m coming to get ya!!
After such a long run on Saturday, Sunday called for some cross training, and we decided swimming would be out best route. Although, someone stole the show and got in all the strokes – doggie paddle being her expertise!
We ventured over to Honeymoon Island to their dog beach. If you have a dog and live in the Tampa Bay Area, I strongly encourage you to head over to Honeymoon Island. It was absolutely beautiful, and such a great place for animals. Everyone is required to keep their dogs on a leash, keeping the grounds free of doggie poo – a win win for everyone. We took Winnie to get her first taste of swimming, and had an absolute blast! The girl is a natural – I’m pretty sure she can swim way better than Marcus and I! She was such a champ – just look at that form!
I had an amazing time with my little family over the short holiday weekend – hope you all did too!!
For those of you that did your last long run this weekend – how did it go? Anyone else ready to absolutely kill their race!? All you Boston runners – one more week!! How are you feeling?!