With two week to go (less as I write) until my first marathon event this year, I contemplated whether to run one last long run on the weekend. As primary goal for the event is just to finish, I decided in favor of this and suited up.
It was raining when I left work, but the sun came out by the time I was home, so I decided on shorts and a short-sleeve running shirt. Unfortunately after about 45 minutes into my run the weather changed for the worse, heavy rain and a cold wind. Two and a half hours into my run I was drenched and cold, so decided it would be far worst to catch a cold at this point than to get in a few more kilometers, so headed home, finishing with about 25 kilometers.
On Saturday I ran a loop with RB (my running buddy) at our running club, Elizabeth joined us for the first half. On Sunday after lunch I ran a faster 10 km and on Monday (a holiday in Germany), 12 km at roughly the pace I want to run my marathon. Today I have to work late, so will take a break.
I have been averaging around 70 kilometers (43-44 miles) per week since February, much less than a few years ago, but I think adequate for my first race this year. At almost 57 years old I have noticed that I lack the ambition that I had in the earlier years of running. I also have noticed that I need longer to recover, especially when I push the pace or increase training distances too quickly. With this in mind I want to taper a little before the race on May 28th.