Today I completed my last long run - 32 km before my marathon next month. It was difficult - mentally and physically. My time was exactly the same as the last long run 3:21:13. Does this mean that this pace of 6:17 is what I could/should run the marathon in? Although I felt so proud of myself for getting through this run, I did feel a little worried that maybe I should slow my pace a bit more for the marathon. Having to add another 10 km onto a run like today's will be extremely hard. I just don't know - I've never done this before.
The hardest part of these long runs is staying strong mentally. It really is easier when you have someone to help motivate you to keep going, as opposed to having to always be mentally prepared to fight and win every argument with yourself about stopping, or slowing, or whatever. I must be the world's best motivator, or else just really stubborn - because as much as I wanted to stop, or slow down, or whatever, I just didn't.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to this next three weeks and the gradual taper. Next week still has me at 67 km - and 45 km for the week after.
Ouch, and my toe? Still not better. I almost feel like it's broken - but that can't be possible. Just a terrible blister that won't heal, cause I can't move it away from the toe next to it that it keeps touching. I am taking the next two days off from running, and I'm going to jimmy a splint that hopefully will allow my poor little toe to start healing. Who would have thought a little toe could cause so much havoc!
Enjoy the weekend running.