This morning, I got up just after 2am for my last long training run before my first marathon. We started running at 3:30am and got done just over 6 and a half hours later. Overall, it was a great training run, I feel a lot more confident in my ability to do the race next month. And, I did 26 miles, not the 25 I had planned on doing.
I know some folks questioned why I would want to do more than a 23 mile training run, but I feel that it instills more confidence and Jeff Galloway has this mileage listed on the training schedule. My endurance and belief in myself in what I can do went way up today. And, that will carry me through until the race.
Now, it’s taper time and with this time I’m going to work on the mental aspects of running long. I want to continue my confidence and positive thinking not only with this marathon, but through all of my races from now on. I think it will make me a better runner for it.