I made it to the tapering point.
This is cause for celebration as this has been a difficult training season for me. Multiple times during the training I told myself that this third marathon is probably going to be my last one.
But yesterday I had my final 20 mile training run of the season. I still hate Gu and Honey Stinger and all that fueling crap, but I didn't hate the 20 miler. In fact, it was easy. I was blessed with excellent podcast entertainment, perfect running weather, and the promise of an extra day off from work the next day. I've also finally learned how to probably prepare for long runs. Eat more food and drink more water the day before.
My legs still hurt after 20 miles of running, but today I feel great.
Maybe I'm not ready to retire from marathons after all; maybe a marathon free 2013 is the way to go.
For now I am going to enjoy my half-marathon next weekend and the rest of my taper. I'm going to practice thinking positive thoughts. I also going to look forward to running my third marathon on December 2. And the required food pig out that must precede it!