That’s it. No more training runs. I’m shutting it down until Sunday. Tonight I ran one of my regular 4 mile neighborhood circuits at a steady, gentle pace. I wasn’t out to set any records. I just wanted to get my final bit of mileage in without sustaining any new injuries or aggravating any existing ones. I didn’t bolt out into any intersections to catch lights as they changed from yellow to red. I walked around pedestrian clusters instead of darting out into traffic. I stopped short if I thought my path would intersect that of a cyclist. Throughout the run I felt a little stiff, so the next few days off will hopefully allow my body to relax and unwind so I’m loose and ready to run on Sunday.
This has been a long training period during which I’ve run hundreds of miles. It has been interrupted three times by nagging injuries which healed relatively quickly. And it’s been interrupted by a couple of deaths in the family, wounds which take a little longer to overcome. Now though it’s time to move on. To get the heart beating faster, the blood flowing, and the legs pumping. I’m as ready as I’ll ever be to participate in this weekend’s Napa Valley Marathon, and I’m going to leave it all out there on the road.