Let the taper begin!!!

So after a brief scare last night when my heart started racing for no good reason and woke me up from a dead sleep (and yes, I did pull out my heart rate monitor and compulsively watched the numbers go up and up…and then got a second heart rate monitor to check that the first heart rate monitor wasn’t lying), and then a call to my mom to verify that I was not going to die because really I had no travel insurance AND more importantly have made the final payment for the trip (and no Sharon, you cannot go in place of me!), AND a valium to drop the heart rate to something reasonable, I was able to finally complete my very last long run before the princess 1/2.  Thankfully Wendy for some crazy reason decided she wanted to run 12 miles with me, even though I did give her a perfectly reasonable out yesterday, but she said, “No, I’m running”.

Let me just say I am so relieved that I finished this run.  Miles 9-11 were brutal, which likely was a result that someone (ok, yes, it was me), thought it would be a really good idea to run up Iron Point (yes Sacramentans – that would be Costco Hill – out of towners – it’s an uphill…with no downhillls).  Miles 5-9 were all uphill. Mile 9 -11 were flat, I was just tired.  Unfortunately you can’t be tired when running with Wendy.  “Step it up girl, you’re almost there”, and she was cheerful when she was saying it, which is craziness!  At 10.5 we reached the car, but there was no stopping Wendy “We’re finishing keep going”.  One more circle, and we were back at the car at 12.04 miles.  More importantly we were at 12.04 miles at a faster pace than our 11 mile run last week, in (hopefully) less pain than last week, and at least for me, at a more reasonable heartrate (which considering last night) was significantly more important. 

It was a good day. 

And what makes today even better, that’s the last long run! That’s right, I don’t have to do another long run until July.  Thank goodness!!!  I think all ideas of Portland Marathon are pretty much gone at this point, although the Nike Half in San Francisco is looking very tempting – finishing medal is a Tiffany necklace, handed to you by a San Francisco fireman dressed in a tux.  Totally worth it.

So if you’re looking for me, I won’t be on the bike trail, on the Folsom trail, on the Davis trail, circling around downtown, or any other run trail.  Maybe I’ll have time in the next week to actually get in the pool – or at least get close enough to smell the pool.

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