Today was just a 6 miler at an easy pace -- targeting 8:40, according to my chart.
Well, there was no way that was going to happen. 6 miles just seems so short, now. So knocking off times at what felt to be an easy pace still put me at better than 8:00/mile. Times ranged from 7:51 per mile to 7:59 per mile, with the last mile being at 7:45 -- still feeling strong.
I'm going to have to do something to rein myself in for that last week. I know that the concept is that I just let my muscles relax and repair -- and the target times on the chart are getting slower, not faster. Yet I keep pushing to marathon pace.
Paula said she's doing a fifteen-miler on Saturday and her pace should be just about right for what I need to do, so with a bit of luck I'll be able to pace with her a bit.
One way or another, I have to figure it out. Tapering should mean tapering!