This past Saturday, I ran my last true long run of this training cycle. Admittedly, I am running 14 miles this coming weekend, but in reality, 22 miles is the last long run. That 14 miler is part of taper for sure.
So Saturday, I went to meet my friend Rebekah and her training group. They were running 20 miles, and I needed to get 22. With company, getting that many miles was definitely going to be so much easier. So when Rebekah text me about meeting up with her group, I was REAL in. And thrilled to have someone to share 20 miles with. Getting 2 more without other people was do-able for sure.
Here is the route we ended up taking.
Here is the look at the elevation profile for this run.
I averaged 8:36 for the 22 miles that I ran, and the effort was definitely up where it needed to be in order to best optimize Boston in a few weeks. I ran hard but controlled for 22 miles. The pace does not totally reflect that, but with the way that elevation went for this run, I am super happy with it.
And I am now in the first week of my taper. I am READY for Boston.