I'm ready for the "official" taper period. My legs are fully back under me and feeling fine. I have been able to easily complete an 8 and 7 mile run, at decent pace, on consecutive days (Thursday and Friday.)
I'm really considering this entire year, one long training period, and I'm ready for it to end. For a few weeks after I had recovered from my calf injuries after the Country Music Half Marathon in May, were the only time I was not training for a race. I look back and think that these were some of my favorite weeks of the year. I did the most speed work during this time, and this helped in my short and longer distance road work.
One thing I am itching to do is to bust past that 1,000 mile mark. After the Vegas Marathon, I will make some plans for next year. Probably 2 or 3 Halfs, and 1 or 2 more 26.2's. My nephew's have talked about running the Tom King Half in March together which would be fun. I would love to go down to Chattanooga and run a trail run. The Country Music Marathon is a given, not sure if I will do 13.1 or 26.2. Stephanie is considering running the Half, so I may go that route.
More to come on the planning and goal setting. First things first. The Taper.......