On Sunday I did my last long run. I had wanted to run back2back 30 milers last weekend, but with the passing of my grandmother last Sunday, I abandoned the 2nd run at mile 2 when I got the news and went to spend the day with me family - so I only got 32 miles in that weekend.
Technically I was not supposed to do a real long run this past weekend - but runner OCD kicked in and I decided to just do another 26+ run as my last long run to make up for the previous weekend. Probably stupid in retrospect, this close to the race (especially after reading the great Ann Trason's taper article about not doing long runs for 21 days before a race), but oh well, at this point, what's done is done.
So on Sunday I did a depletion run. I ate my last meal Saturday evening, had no breakfast on Sunday morning and then ran for 5 hours with no fuel and only 6 ounces of water, with the last hour being the fastest. I felt pretty good - even with my busted (and now nastily bruised) knees which I hurt when I fell on the ice on Friday. I was trying to create a physically uncomfortable run and while I certainly was dehydrated, I felt fine.
Also I think the taper crazies might be setting in... either that or just a serious bout of irritability. So in honor of that: Top Ten Things NOT to Do When You Taper. I have done almost all of those... today. I have also become insanely paranoid about becoming sick. I have annoyed multiple people with: "feel my head, do you think I have a fever?". Now there is some legitimacy to this because almost all of the children in my family (and some of the adults) got a bad case of Flu B. Being that we were stuck together in the hospital, hospice and then for my grandmother's services in such close quarters, I think my paranoia is somewhat warranted. Let's just say I have been drinking Emergen-C like crazy and I do not take vitamins or supplements, typically. The idea of training for a race for 9 - 12 months and thne happening to get sick for the race is a terrifying thought.
Oh and I finally put my crew notes together and sent them off to the awesome people who will be crewing/ pacing me in NJ! This is so real, I'm getting excited and nervous. I literally have no idea how I will handle the second half of this race - it's a crazy thought. Now it's on to packing and gathering everything together!