I really don't like the pre race taper. I know a lot of people enjoy the shorter runs and the extra time you have on your hands, but I just feel like I should be doing something more. My mind understands the logic of the taper, but my body wants the same endorphin rush its been getting the last several months.
My long run yesterday went very well, especially considering that two weeks ago I couldn't even run for 30 seconds without pain. I had no cramps (tried S-Caps and they seemed to work well), no blisters (the Foot Potion and Drymax socks once again worked their magic) and no other issues to complain about. I had to do this on the treadmill because it was raining and there was a good chance of thunderstorms. I also ate during my run, and I'm sure several people at the gym were wondering what that strange person was doing eating pretzels and Swedish Fish while working out. I went into the run hoping to get 20 but happy to get 15, and I did the full 20 miles. I went with my race plan of walking 1 minute out of every 15 for the first 2 hours, 1 minute out of every 10 for the second 2 hours, and completed the 20 miles right at 4 hours.
Twelve more days, and if everything goes according to plan I'll be an Ultra runner on my 50th birthday!