It’s one of those days when you step outside and smell the salt in the air. The sky is heavy with fog, and it’s about 18 C. Perfect for a run.
After eating a banana and drinking a glass of water, I took a short drive to the Irving Nature Park, and parked at Saints Rest Beach. The run including the beach and the gravel road loop is about 8.5 K. I turned on my music and ran along the beach. The fog was so thick, I couldn’t see the Bay of Fundy to my left. Beads of dewy fog started to form on my skin, my hair, my brows and lashes. So damp, but cool and refreshing.
I kept running and powered up the first hill. I told myself I could take a little walking break after three songs. After the third song, I felt great. Not a bit of fatigue, in fact. So I didn’t stop. And amazingly, that strong, calm feeling lasted throughout the run. I somehow found that elusive, perfect place where you’re comfortable, yet exhilarated. Heart beat strong and steady, breath smooth. Music pumping, legs moving in a rhythm.
This was my best run in a while. And after my rough time last weekend, I needed that confidence boost. I finished the run in about 51 minutes, at a pace of 5:54/km. Not bad, considering my fasted pace has been 5:30/km.
So this is what tapering is all about. This was my third relatively short run this week, with one more to go on Sunday. A couple more next week, then it’s time to rock the half-marathon. Bring it!
Until then, keep checking back. Starting Tuesday, I’ll have some expert advice on nutrition for runners, and I have a few other ideas up my sleeve.