Eeek! Time is running out. Only 11 days to go and I am getting nervous. Not much I can really do now though, is there. The hard training is done. I don’t think anything I do over the next 11 days is going to make much difference.
Tapering is a strange thing. I went out for a run at lunch time today. I had planned on doing five miles but estimated the distance wrong and ended back at the start point after 4 miles. Normally, I would go on and do another mile. If I had planned to do five, I would do five. Tapering seems to have given me a mental licence to cut corners. Today, I thought, “meh, what difference will it make now”. And so I stopped after four miles, just because I thought I could. This is very unlike me. I don’t know what came over me.
Usually, when I’m out running, the problem is getting me to stop. If I plan to do five, I will do a minimum of five. When I get to five, if my watch says 42.30 I will need to keep running to get the time up to 45.00. Its not good to finish on an uneven point in the clock, is it? Of course, when I get to 45 minutes, the distance is now 5.25 miles and you can’t really finish quarter way through a mile, can you? And so it goes on …. I count when I run – every stride. 800 strides per mile = 8.30 minute mile pace, 700 strides per mile = 7.45 minute mile pace. I count down every mile. Its good for the focus and helps to push me through when it starts to get painful. When it gets really tough, I just keep going 100 strides at a time ….
2,800 strides done today … just 20,800 to get through on 26 May … good grief … when you put it like that!!