OK, I'm done training... Well, almost, anyway. I don't want to run much more before Sunday.
I'm experiencing the all-too-common, psychologically driven feeling of fatigue that comes with the late stages of taper. I want to be clear. The runs aren't hard. It's just that I don't see their benefit and I can't wait to get through them.
It's time to drop the mileage and focus on the mental preparation. I just want to eat right, sleep and relax.
I'm going to rest tomorrow, or maybe run an easy 3 miles or so. I may take Friday off altogether.
I have one more day of work. We leave on Friday morning for Austin. We'll be staying with J's aunt, who lives 2.5 miles from the start.
Today, I did the usual 2-mile at goal marathon pace like I do every marathon training cycle on Pfitz's program. I did it on the treadmill at 2% grade. After a couple of days of nice weather which allowed for outside runs, today was windy, cold, rainy and crappy.
Early forecast in Austin right now shows a chance of showers, but really comfortable running temps. It's not surprising that I could get drenched ... again.
I'm expecting near ideal conditions on Sunday morning. I am fully aware that this could be my only shot of earning a sub-3:00 marathon. Life continues to get more complicated and I'm not getting any younger.
That being said, I am fully prepared to go for it. I'm psyched. I am going to kill this marathon on Sunday. I'm going to leave it all out on that Austin course. On Sunday, I will run the best marathon of my life.