So I survived my 20 miler today!! I got a late start and really wasn't feeling the whole idea of schlepping around for hours. But I eventually got going (thanks to some encouragement from Alisa and Aron).
Normally I'm a loopy kind of gal. I became a runner in Central Park and ran endless circuits of loops to get my mileage done. Here in San Francisco I feel there are a lot more options for running. I sometimes add a little tail to my loop of Golden Gate Park down the Great Highway to add some more miles on. Today I attempted something I have always wanted to do but never had the courage to try (I have a fear of something happening on a long run the farthest point from home). I did a loop of Golden Gate Park (with a few smaller loops such as Stow Lake for additional mileage), ran down the Great Highway to the Zoo, over and across to Lake Merced, a loop of the lakes, then back-tracked to home. It was quite nice because besides the down and back up Great Highway segment, I never ran any area twice. Sometimes I'll do 3 loops of Golden Gate Park on a long run! Very nice.
Overall I felt pretty good. My legs were getting tired towards the end but I felt much better than I've been feeling on long runs lately. I even had a little something in the tank to push up the final hill to home. I utilized the strategy I'm planning on using during the marathon: 0.15-ish mile walk breaks every 2 miles when I eat my shot blok. With only one 20 miler and reduced weekly mileage this race is going to be tough, but I'm optimistic it will be doable. I ended up with a 40 mile week which is about 10 miles less than my usual peak mileage week.
A question for the runners: Normally I do a 3 week taper with my long run mileage being 22, 14, 10, race day. This time around poor planning has dictated a two week taper. So I have one more long run before race weekend. I am debating whether to do a 14 mile run next Friday or to just cut it down to 10 miles. Part of me feels like the rest could be good, but another part feels like my endurance this training circuit has only now gotten to a good level and it would be better to try to keep it up. Thoughts?
While I was out running 20 miles today, Mario was at home doing this:
His position as King Lazy Bum is still secure.