Today was my last long run before the Philadelphia Marathon. I ended up doing 16 km, 10 miles, with my daughter in her Chariot. Compared to the distances I have been running it almost seems odd to consider that a long run but compared to the other runs I will do this week it is a long run.
While my training schedule actually called for 13 miles, 21, today I decided to keep it to 16 km in order to give my legs more of a break this week. Even though my legs feel strong right now I want to make sure I feel well rested next Sunday.
It was also nice to get in a final run with the Chariot since my daughter has accompanied me for most of my weekend runs since I started training for Philadelphia.
As for the rest of the week, I have short easy runs planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday will see my final run at race pace with a 10 km, 6 mile run planned.
At this point I am confident in the training I have put in over this training cycle but at the same time since there are many factors you cannot control during a marathon I am trying not to get too far ahead of myself either. I feel I have put myself in a position to have a chance at reaching my goal time. Now I just have to wait and see if everything falls into place on race day or if I’ll have to make adjustments to my training for the next time.