I ran my last long progression run last night and it felt slammin’.
I love a good, hard run and this one certainly did not disappoint: started at 8:30 pace as a warm up, then increased the speed every 0.25 miles (no recoveries or slowing the pace). By the time I hit 7 miles, I was running 6:15’s and it felt like I was flying. 1 mile cool down.
This morning, I had the lovely company of LJ and Weez, and we took it nice and easy for 7ish miles. It felt great.
Tomorrow, I hit the track for a much-abbreviated version (distance-wise) of my previous track efforts. I’ve read that during your taper, you should decrease the mileage, but maintain (-ish) the effort/speed as to prevent feeling sluggish or even getting sick.
For the past 12 weeks, I’ve been running 50-70 miles a week. This week? I’ll be hitting 40. I know it’s only 10 less miles, but it feels substantially different.
I have all this energy in my legs and a passion in my lungs. I’ve been thinking a lot about my expectations and time-goal on race day and I’ve realized I want to race. As in, go for broke. Leave nothing on the course. I’m getting ready.
Have you seen this Nike: Find Your Greatness ad? It resonates with me, and pumps me up.
“This is not about lowering expectations.
It’s about raising them for every last one of us.
Because greatness is not in one special place.
And it is not in one special person.
Greatness, is wherever somebody is trying to find it.”
Video –> Nike: Find Your Greatness <– Video
(I’m not sure why the video isn’t showing on my blog, but please click the link above to watch!)