So my weekend dilemma. It seems I question this before every so called taper. Long run tomorrow: Do I really need one? Mentally I feel like I do. So do I do an easy 20 miler that I can get done in 3 hours ish or 16 to 18 miles long run w/ trail, tougher and will probably take 3.5 hours. Marathon is two weeks from Saturday. There just aren't training plans that show what to do for a marathon a month. It just feels weird to not do a 20 miler a few weeks before a race. Yes, I know I can cover distance but I'm still training. I'm not just trying to get through, I want to get better, strong, faster. Point...I don't want to just sit back and just know I can cover distance. I want to push myself, without hurting my body.
So help me out... Don't tell me what you think I want to hear. Pretend you are the coach for a day. Get out your #2 pencils and fill in your answers...
a. Run an easy (a relative term these days) 20 miler, rolling hills, pavement course, with a one mile uphill finish - probably takes about 3:10 to finish
b. Run 16 to 18 miles, mostly trail, lots of uphill sections, gorgeous scenery - probably takes 3.5 hours to finish
c. Fill in the blank. Be creative. Give me your best. I'm tough, I can take it!
I already know what I'm leaning towards. Let's see what the test results bring in... ; )