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<p>My 70.3 is a little over a week away.  Training has been, well, not really where I wanted it.  But, whatever.  Son1 and I are signed up so there is no backing out now!</p>
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<p>We went on a retreat this past week.  Timing sucked, but those dates were set in stone so nothing I could do about it.  Had a GREAT time, no regrets.  I ended up staying up way too late, then getting up way too early to get my run in before 7am breakfast.  Yesterday son1 and I rode 45m, then we drove home 9hrs.  We got home late last night and I've been on the go all day.  I AM TIRED! </p>
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<p>Tomorrow I had planned on doing a long run--10 or 12miles.  However, my legs still feel trashed.  I swear there is not a flat spot where we were in NY!  I'm thinking a longer long run isn't in my best interest.</p>
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<p>What kind of distance should I think about for my last long run?</p>
 

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<p>5 miles. Your legs are trashed. If you want to race next weekend to your ability, you need to get your legs back. So go easy 5. The only thing you can gain by running longer is a blister or perhaps a prolonged spell of tired legs. If your legs weren't trashed, and if you were feeling spunky, like bouncing on your feet all the time because you've been tapering, then I'd say to wake the legs up, or fuel them more, by doing a 7 miler with solid pickups. Same on the bike but with longer distance.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Thor</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69488/70-3-is-almost-here-now-what#post_1933958"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>5 miles. Your legs are trashed. If you want to race next weekend to your ability, you need to get your legs back. So go easy 5. The only thing you can gain by running longer is a blister or perhaps a prolonged spell of tired legs. If your legs weren't trashed, and if you were feeling spunky, like bouncing on your feet all the time because you've been tapering, then I'd say to wake the legs up, or fuel them more, by doing a 7 miler with solid pickups. Same on the bike but with longer distance.</p>
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<p>Yup. At this point, 1 week out, rest and recovery is in order. Some SHORTER work with same intensity perhaps but for sure shorter. If in doubt, rest. Better to be slightly over rested than over-tired. It'll just kill ya on that long of an event.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks all.  That's what I figured.  I am a bit concerned that I haven't done much long stuff.  I did a HM way back in June, single digit stuff since.  So much has happened this season that it this point I am just racing because I love it, not looking to PR, etc.</p>
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<p>The only good thing is son1 and I rode the course so I know how to handle the hill into Catawba.  Then, yesterday's ride I nailed some hills that are much harder.  Considering that my nutrition was seriously lacking, I was impressed wiht how well I had done.  The run course is fairly flat with a couple inclines.  I ran much harder stuff than that earlier this week with no problem.  So confidence is pretty high.</p>
 

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<p>I ended up on my short 6 route.  Legs didn't feel totally fresh, but knocked the rust off in the first mile.  For central Ohio, this is a rolling route.  IB there are two "hills" that normally I work my way up--first the hydrant, then the light pole, then the power pole, etc.  Today, I found myself at the top of both without realizing I had climbed them.  Yah, the legs felt that good!  Pace was a bit slow--only 9:15--when I normally am under 9:00.  No HRM, but I suspect it was z2.  Just took it nice and easy.  The hay is in the barn.  Nuthin' I can do now.</p>
 

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<p>I like to go places where I can run on the grass and just run the outer edges for a set period of time.  When I lived in columbus I did a lot of runs on the OSU campus near the river and through the farming campus. </p>
 
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