This plan changed when I registered for the Columbus marathon. I was now scheduled to run a 23 miler on the day of F4F. My first thought was to run the half marathon and then tack on a ten mile run later that day, but F4F had a new offering for this year, and I couldn't pass it up.
The inaugural F4F Triple Crown is an event where you can run all three F4F races back-to-back-to-back. That's a 10k, a half marathon and a 4 miler ... for a total of 23.3 miles ... one race right after the other. Why not do that instead of a boring, old, regular training run? I'd get a medal for each race, plus a bonus medal for finishing all three.
So, this week, I've been in semi-training/semi-taper mode. I don't feel like I can really do either responsibly. I need to train for Columbus, but I still want that PR for the half.
Today, was my last "hard" run before I attempt the Triple Crown. I ran 10k in 53:43 (8:30/mi). While that's not a PR, it is unusual in that it was my first "progressive run" at this distance. Each mile was faster than the previous mile. I started with a 9:52 in mile 1, and shaved at least 15 seconds off each mile. My final mile was 7:30!
I'm feeling pretty good about F4F ... Triple Crown me!