So I'm celebrating completing my last long training run before the CIM by visiting my
sadomasochist chiropractor Dr. Ron Rudometkin to get my back cracked.
Hey, we all have our ways of celebrating.
Sunday's 20-mile run through lovely rural Dixon and back to Davis went well. I hit all my time marks, doing the last 12 miles at slightly (like, 3 seconds) below marathon pace (7:33 per mile).
I felt so good, in fact, that I had a choice to make near the 19-mile mark: I could keep going straight and add another two miles to the run, making it 22, or turn right and head back for a 20-miler, as planned. I was all set to keep going, but in a brief moment of clarity while sucking down some Cytomax, I thought better of it.
What, at this point, could another two miles possibly do to help me? I've already logged more miles in this training cycle than before any other marathon. I did six 20-plus runs, including a 23.5 effort about a month ago. So I chose to cruise on in, content with the 20.
Now, I begin a three-week taper. But, really, it's more like two weeks, because I'm still planning to log 45 miles this week before really ratcheting it down the week of Nov. 22-28.
One note: If we have any Dixon readers, what's up with your cows? It's a Sunday morning and they are all lying down, not grazing. Those are some lazy bovine!
One last note: Stay tuned; The first installment of Tim Twietmeyer's mile-by-mile CIM course breakdown is coming later this morning.