Of the three 20-mile runs, yesterday's was by far the hardest. I ran over to the U.S. National Arboretum, which is one of my favorite parts of D.C. It's a little out of the way (great for a long run), but it's beautiful.
|History lesson! These columns were part of the original east portico of the Capitol.|
Looping back downtown and heading back to my apartment (basically miles 15 through 20), I started to overheat and felt sluggish. It was a feeling that I really hadn't experienced on the other longer runs that I did. (Granted, last week's feelings of just wanted to be at home was caused more by the fact that it was freezing and raining more than being actually tired.) Of course, with this last 20-miler, the hard part of training is over. At this point, I start my taper and just have to focus on recovery, nutrition, and getting to the start line injury-free.
Here's what the week looks like:
Monday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 6 miles
Saturday: 12 miles