Last week was my last long week, which culminated in a poor showing at the Buckeye Half Marathon. This week, I start my taper, but I also took an extra day to recover from the race.
At least that's the excuse I came up with when I didn't feel like running on Tuesday.
In truth, I felt bummed out after my race-day performance. I felt sore. I felt unmotivated despite a huge as EFF need to relieve some work stress. I felt I had entered the running doldrums.
This weather had something to do with it. The hint of autumn sucker punched the region this week. Though I refuse to shut all my windows or turn off my fan, a chilly run seemed a bit no thanks.
That lasted all of one day. Last night, I ran a brisk three miles. I felt strong and fast, a feeling that washed away the aftertaste of a crumby race. Tonight, I plan to do the same. And this weekend will be my second and last 20-miler. This is what I call a taper?
Marathon Countdown: 15 days.