I am in crunch mode now, trying to get everything thought about, written about, and said before this marathon comes and everything gets forgotten.
My last two long runs were on Saturday, September 24 (12 miles) and Friday, September 30 (8 miles). Notice the sharp taper from the 20 miler the week before. I was tempted to use these runs like tempo runs, but I played it smart and used them for long runs as they were intended to be. On the 24th, I ran 13 miles with Julia and some with Jane at an 8:41 pace. I pushed some of the last mile, and it was a 7:52. We were aiming for between 8:30-9:00 minute miles that day, and I think we accomplished that nicely.
I ran 8 miles on the 30th by myself with an 8:41 pace. It felt so odd to be done after only 8 miles. I saved my speeding for the next day for a short tempo run, but I don't have the Garmin data on that run yet.
You can see from my last post that I am beginning the part of my training where I am looking back and telling myself that I have done this before, and I can do it again. One part of me wants to say, "You haven't trained enough. You're not ready for this race. You can't PR." I am trying to quiet that voice. I am trying to build up my confidence.