It's always tough to get out of bed after a restless night's sleep so the plan for a 6 am start went out the window when I was still in bed at 10 to. Lucky for me it was a coolish and cloudy morning so hopefully I wasn't going to pay for it too much. Since I didn't want to press my luck I didn't dawdle and was out by just after 7.
The plan for the day was to get in a moderately paced run for somewhere in the 90 minute to 2 hour range or 10-13 miles. Don't need to do anything foolish so close to race day.
The warmup mile went well, nothing special, and by the time I completed it, I was up to speed and ready to roll. My pace on the next 2 miles was actually a bit faster than I would have liked in the lower 9s so I scaled it back somewhat. Also, with miles 4 and 5 being slightly uphill I knew that was going to slow me down as well.
To be honest I really wasn't much into the run. It was going well enough and I felt alright but I was just kind of bored with it. I've been here before so close to race day and it almost seems normal for me. I've been in this training cycle for 6 month now and I'm ready for it to be over.
If there is anything I had going for me at this point was that I was still feeling good and was consistent with miles 6, 7 and 8 all coming in at 9:31. I was also happy with the way fueling went and that there were no hiccups.
When I got near the 9 mile mark, I had a decision to make, do I keep going or do I cut it at 10 miles. It wasn't long before that decision was made for we when the sun began to poke out from behind the clouds. It may have been a convenient excuse but there is no sense pushing for glory this late in the game, especially when heading into an uphill section. 10 miles it was going to be.
So pretty much that is it, Tomorrow is a scheduled rest day but the wine is egging me into a few fast miles tomorrow.We'll see if I even want to get up. Regardless of whether I run tomorrow or not, Monday will be my final training run before race day.
Week ending September 5th - 30.3 miles