Saturday morning I completed my last long run of marathon training!
A nice 8 miles in 1:24 – I couldn’t ask for any better! That’s an average pace of about 10:45 – smack dab in the middle of my goal race pace of 10:30 – 11:00. That last .10 miles was actually walking, so the average running pace may be a teensy bit faster, too.
This was a near perfect run. The weather was amazing, about 43 degrees when we started. My legs were well rested and I think I only took 2 walking breaks – both up hills near the end of my 8 miles.
Again I filled my water bottle with plain water, but had a few sips of Gatorade at our water stop – miles 3.25 and 4. 75. I also had a chocolate Gu the second time I stopped. Yum.
Post-run I grabbed a bagel and strawberry milk from the store and headed home to stretch and ice.
I felt really good during this run.
Chicago is just a few days away and I’m beginning to go into “race mode.” All I can think about is Chicago and everything that goes with it. Matt will probably want to remove the words “Chicago,” “marathon,” and “running” from my vocabulary after Sunday. But I don’t care. This is something that I once thought was impossible and am incredibly proud of myself for getting this far.
Not it’s time to taper and stay healthy for the big day!