Today my ticker says 11 days until Ice Age 50! SO this means I am heading into my taper. I am feeling so good right now!!
Physically, everything is as it should be and for that I am so grateful! My left knee has been bothering me off and on for the last month. It is a weird pain - it will not hurt during a run but will keep me from running the next day. But guess what? That is gone! I am wondering if it is because I am wearing and loving Brooks Pure Flow shoes and/or that I am running more on trails and less on pavement. I had a great massage on Saturday and Shannon worked out a huge knot in my hamstring. I made an appt to have it worked on three days before my race. Can't hurt. So, I am heading into taper in good condition.
Mentally, I am where I want to be. I know I can run 50 miles. I know that I may have to walk. I have visualized every possible thing that can and will happen - best and worst case scenario. I am mentally tough which is good because I think this distance will be harder in that capacity.
I don't mind taper time. I don't get worried that I will lose what I have gained (strength) or that I will gain what I have lost (weight.) My mind does play some tricks on my body though and this happens in every taper. I get ghost pains. Anybody else experience that? All of a sudden my calf will develop cramps or a quad will be tender. I think it is because I am ultra aware of my body at this time. Anyway, I am excited to run less this week and next and take the time to get more out of the rest of my life!