This was my Big Week before my taper. I ran a total of 35 miles. Tuesday was 5, which I already posed about.
Thursday I ran 10 miles. My legs seemed a little stiff and my knees were a bit sore. It was a very nice day to run though and I ran a comfortable pace. I still hadn’t picked up some new insoles but this run convinced me to get off my butt and get them.
Overall a good run. It’s funny how 10 miles just doesn’t seem like a long run anymore. 😉
Today, I did run a long run though. 20 MILES! This is the longest I have ever run and it went well. I got my new insoles yesterday and the made a huge difference on my knees.
This is the second pair of these I’ve purchased. I replaced the stock insoles from my Brooks Ghost 5’s with these about 4 months ago. They were noticeably flatter when I compared them to the new ones. I highly recommend them if you are having knee or foot problems. I addition to helping my knees, they also fixed my metatarsalgia in my left foot and subsequently the ITB trouble I was having on that side.
The 20 miles were tiring but invigorating at the same time, especially once I passed mile 18, my previous longest run. At about mile 16, I really starting getting hungry. I had taken a GU 45 min and 15 min prior to my run along with a breakfast bar and then a GU every 4 miles. Taking one at mile 16 helped my hunger a bit. At mile 18, I started feeling some tingling pain in my right toes which went away as soon as I stopped to walk. I think I had my shoe a little too tight. Here is how my first ever 20 mile run went.
So now I start my taper. I have a lot of faith in my training plan so I don’t think I will have any trouble sticking to it. I’m not trying to BQ or anything so that take a lot of pressure off. Now the only thing I’m wondering is, I ran 20 but can I add another 6.2 miles to it? We’ll just have to see.