The Akron Marathon-my debut as a marathoner, in 2004, is tomorrow, Sept 24.
This year I am taking a pass.
Why? Well. I am just not a road runner. I do run roads, I did today, it's a necessary evil.
But I have the WV Trilogy on October 7. I did not think, after a good effort on a road, that I would be recovered sufficiently for the trails.
My running gurus would have said why? Why are you expending effort on a road, which will take you longer to recover from, that a trail 20 miler? (Note: I don't even need anymore to ask the running gurus, I know what they would say..)
It just didn't make good sense. Today, I got 11+ plus miles in on hilly road/like terrain here. Tomorrow is 10+ day at Salt Fork, on trails. That will, probably constitute the last long runs in before the WV Trilogy.
Two weeks ago I got 80+ plus miles on trails in Virginia. The Ring (and various Sick Jimmy runs prior) can constitute serious training runs.
I have to say, it feels good, to be in a good training cycle, where a 71 mile run is 'a good training run'.
I will see how many miles I can get in tomorrow. I may return to Salt Fork on Sunday for a few. Then I might actually go into a taper like mode. If I can. I hate the taper.