Finished my last long run before taper today. Phew. Glad that's out of the way. Now I can concentrate on "enjoying" a more laid-back last 3 weeks with no runs longer than 13 miles. I'm sure in about 10 days I will be going nuts for a longer run and my legs will feel on fire, but for now a week of easier work sounds pretty nice.
Today's 20 miler was nice. I comfortably hit marathon pace for a few miles here and there. But the last 3 had me feeling pretty worn-out and my feet were pretty sore. Today's 20 was at 35 seconds/mile faster than my 20 2 weeks ago. That was a pretty nice self-confidence boost. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that I started taking Zyrtec within that time. My allergies are much better controlled, as is my asthma. I was also really tired for that last run, as we had just returned from our super stressful Easter trip to my MIL's that included about a week of not sleeping well.
After my run I had my "ice" bath (our tap water from our well is so cold that I don't need ice) while sipping a protein shake (skim milk, half scoop vanilla whey powder, 1 pouch strawberry no-sugar-added Carnation Instant Breakfast). Then I had some leftover spaghetti and meat sauce from last night and now I am nomming on a pancake that hubby made. The Smithwick's beer in the fridge is callin' my name, as is my bed.