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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Taper Long Run - 8 miles

Well guys, this is it: today was my last long run before the Avenue of Giants marathon.

It went really well, too, I'm quite pleased. My goal was race pace for 8 miles, which I think if it weren't for the wind, I would have done. Race pace going by the FIRST plan is 8:52/mi, my goal is at very least 9:10 in order to make a 4-hour race. Today's average pace was 9:17/mi.

Mile 1: 9:01.45
Mile 2: 8:48.52
Mile 3: 8:46.70
Mile 4: 9:10.55
Mile 5: 9:37.79
Mile 6: 9:28.31
Mile 7: 9:50.14
Mile 8: 9:36.97

8 miles, 9:17 min/mi average, 955 calories burned

And with that, there's exactly one week until the marathon. Two more short midweek runs (sprints on Tuesday, 3 miles @ marathon pace Thursday), and that's it! Tuesday night I pick up my sister at the airport. It's all coming together, a very exciting time.

Another thing. As of right now, I'm off caffeine until after the marathon. GULP! RIP Diet Dew. For the time being, anyway.

Onto race week!

1 comment:

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Great job! It sounds like you are well prepared for the marathon. Good luck!