Anyway, today was the last day of running before the half marathon. I still have one more day of walking to go. I've been following the idea of tapering off the running for a few weeks ahead of time. The idea is that all the conditioning is not lost and the body gets ample time to rest and repair. I like that it involves less running.
I am very excited for the half marathon. It feels like a culmination of my efforts, almost like a graduation ceremony. My last long training run was 14 miles, so I know I can do this. I'm hoping to make the run without stopping but I won't feel like a failure if I have to walk a little bit. After running down the canyon a couple of times in training runs I know how much I love it. That may be one reason why I'm so excited. A downhill canyon run that ends in crossing a finish line is pretty sweet. Too add to it all, my race will include a pair of these:
|These shoes make me think of Spiderman. Not sure why...|
After running longer distances I've got a much better grasp on what my legs and feet are doing while I run. I was correct in guessing that I need a stability shoe. When the salesman showed me how my foot was striking the ground I was shocked to see the amount of over-pronation I had going on. No wonder my ankles hurt so much. Now my ankles are happy again.
Next time I post I will have finished the half marathon. I can't wait!