Today has been a very good day.
It started off later than it was supposed to, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I got to sleep in a little bit and didn't have to worry about missing work or any other early commitment. As a result, when I started my last long run of the season, I was rested and in a very good.
The downside, of course, was that it was hotter than I thought it would be. Still, I took some water and trudged along the 15 miles from my schedule.
This completed, I had plenty of time to get showered and have some chocolate milk before I had to head out to work. I did a presentation and then taught a class, both of which went better than I could've expected, and I was expecting them to go very well, so that's saying something.
In between these events, a random person at Walmart complemented my tie. Do not underestimate the wonderful impact that someone complementing your clothes can have on your day. Beyond that, traffic wasn't too bad, the sun was shining, and everything was going my way.
And the awesomeness of the day wasn't over yet. I headed home and for lunch ate the left over pizza from last night. Always a score. After a little rest, I got to head out to meet a friend for drinks. All in all, a pretty exceptional day.
But what makes this day most awesome is the fact that, two weeks from today, I will be running the best marathon of my life. Today was my last difficult run before the actual race. After today I will not exceed 10 miles for the rest of my training. The taper is on in big way, and I could not be more excited.
After today I will not be drinking any alcohol or soda for the next two weeks. I've got my body as ready for action as I possibly can. I am also going to focus on drinking a lot more water, which was my only real problem during my run today. I felt a little dehydrated which slowed me down in the second half.
As of tomorrow morning, everything I do is a part of Operation Qualify. So before I drift into the world of extreme discipline, it was nice to have one more day that was nothing but fun. Yes, there was work, but mostly today was fun.
Tomorrow, the real work begins.