After a weird ending to last week, I ran today for the first time since last Wednesday. I started with no real plan about what I wanted to do, trying to decide between a 5, 6, or 8,9 miler. As I settled in, I started comfortably at an 8:27 for mile one. As I got in a groove, I felt pretty good. The only downside was that I was running a 1/3 mile loop around the turf complex while my son, Connor, was practicing with his U8 soccer team. I turned in mile two at 7:55.
I decided during my run, that I was going to run a nice 5 miler, progressive splits. For me, that means each mile split gets a little faster. I was feeling strong, but I didn't want to overdo it, in case I decide to go long tomorrow. Mile three, I registered a 7:39, followed by a 7:29 for mile four, and I finished with a 7:23 final mile.
I included the word relaxing in the title of this post because, not that I need to relax, but more appropriately, that I have been stressing about my lack of a real "long run," during this training cycle. I had a great 15 miler a couple weeks ago, and had two aborted 18 milers last week. Now, I am only 12 days out, and going back and forth about what I want to do about sneaking in a final 18. I will let you know what I decide tomorrow.
Finally, today I began to set up my final checklists for race day. As I get a little closer and rewrite the list a bit, I will post the checklist and review the stuff going with me.