OH MY WORD. Can y'all believe the big race is only about two and a half weeks away?! I can't! It's now time to start tapering my training, which means lowering my long runs until race day! Yay! I'll probably do a ten miler this weekend, an eight miler next weekend, and then the half marathon.
Yesterday I ran the Greenway with two friends that have been training for the half marathon with me. Our run was somewhere between 6 and 8 miles (GPS kept losing signal) and it was a decent run compared to my average, but I'm SO slow. And running with my friends, while it definitely holds me accountable, can be so discouraging. I really should have done speed work in my training. But oh well. Next time.
Speaking of next time, my friends and I have been discussing a little whether or not we will keep running after the half. I really can't answer for sure right now, but it's definitely something I think about a lot. On one hand, it's still SO hard to me. It would be really easy to never run again after I cross that finish line on December 1st. But on another hand, I've come so far and I've never stuck with anything as long as I have stuck with running. (Sad, I know.) Plus I haven't gotten as good as I'd like to, so part of me wants to keep training after the half. There's also something really exciting about the thought of just going out for a run and not having to measure the distance to make sure I'm meeting my training requirements...you know, just going out to run for fun. I really do want to continue, so I guess the trick here will be taking a long enough break after the half to let my body recover, but not so long that I don't ever start back.
So, marathoners and half marathoners, how long of a break do y'all take after a big race like this? Or do y'all take one at all? Do y'all find it hard to start back?