So, let the taper begin in earnest!! I ran 18 miles yesterday, at a pretty good pace, and today, because I signed up for it a long time ago, I ran a 5K.
This is the second time in this training cycle I've done a long run followed the next day by a short race. This is not what I would usually do. I have usually followed a long run with a non-running recovery day in the pool or on the bike. I have to say, that while the race results have not been great (10-15 seconds/mile slower than what I think I could do on fresh legs), they have not proven to be as foolish as I though they were going to be. Usually, after a 15-20 miler, there are things that hurt enough so that running the next day, or at least running hard seems like a bad idea. I'm not going to say that I didn't feel that way this morning, or several weeks ago when I did the same thing. On the other hand, both times I felt better after the race than I had going into it. Fewer things hurt, and I was looser. Not sure what's going on, but I always find training paradoxes interesting, and this certainly is one.