Okay, so it's the home stretch. I've logged two 20s. This Sunday is three weeks out. I'm a bit out of sync, in that I ran 20 last Saturday, so would usually run shorter next week and 20 the following. On the other hand, the one time I ran 20 two weeks out from a marathon, it was a bad scene.
So, my current thinking is to do a last 20, and then start to taper. I'm feeling pretty good, so the benefits of an extra 20 would seem to outweigh the risks.
Here's the puzzle. The weather looks really lousy this weekend, cold and rainy both days. Also, I'm signed up for a 4 miler on Saturday. My plan was to run the 4 miler for fun, and then run long on Sunday. But a 20 miler in 35 degree rain sounds really unpleasant. What do folks think about racing the 4 miler, cross training on Sunday, and then running long Monday, when the weather is supposed to be nice? I'm on sabbatical, so I can get away with it, I think. What do y'all think?