In other news, this weekend was the first taper down run! This is exciting since the hardest part is done, it's all downhill (no pun intended) from here.
11 miles, felt so easy but made me worry that the big run is just 2 weeks away now and this taper down will relax me way too much. It was a decent run at Los Gatos trail, quite shaded and the Cloud Gods were smiling which helped the run quite a bit. I did hit my knee pain again (IT-Band, not even the fun kind of band) but the good news is, I can expect that now and better prepare myself to handle it.
Also tried out ice in water for a quicker knee recovery and oh boy, boy it was cold. Might try it once more for the fun of it....said no one ever. But it did help me quite a bit. I may need to do it a few more times just to make sure I can calm down the legs a bit.
Anyhoo, 1 more weekend with a short 6 mile run before the grand finale. And then hopefully I can finally turn off that horrid 4/5am weekend alarm.
I must mention that coming this far wasn’t easy without support of the group I’ve been training with and the coaches/mentors at Asha for Education! But I’ll save that Oscar speech until after the run.