Blasé sounds good, Hanster! Relaxed, perhaps is a more positive-sounding word. I think not having a time pressure on it sounds like a really sensible approach - and you should really be able to enjoy the atmosphere. Don't worry about yesterday's long run feeling hard - I think if you just keep going fitting in the runs when you can, it'll all come together nicely on the day. Reading this back, I sound pretty blasé too - it must be a post-marathon hangover that sticks with you for a while. In the weeks just before I definitely wasn't!
CB69, I'm a big fan of having the extra two weeks buffer in a schedule for injury/illness/life getting in the way. Hope the taper is going well - I guess you'll really notice the miles going down from now on.
No big running plans for this weekend though I do have a nice run route planned for Monday... in Sydney, Australia! I'm flying there tomorrow and spending two weeks in a campervan, but have the day to myself in Sydney on Monday. There's supposed to be a brilliant coast walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee and I really fancy running it. Whether I'll still feel like that after a 24 hour flight is another matter.
My mileage came out as being about 530 miles in the 18 weeks before the marathon (I did a 16 week plan but started it 18 weeks out to allow for my ski holiday which I knew would affect two weekends). I've just totted up the plan and it looks like it should have been 563 miles, so I was also short, by about 30 miles. I don't think there were many sessions I missed totally, but there were quite a few that were cut a bit short, especially the dreaded midweek medium long runs. I would call 700+ miles an extremely good campaign CB69! And I think that dropping some miles from your 97-mile taper sounds like a very good idea; I probably dropped too many miles in my taper (I think I only ended up doing about 20-25 in the second week of the taper).
10k went surprisingly well, thanks, so I have another new PB to report: I finished in 49:06! It was a good course - you couldn't get much flatter, although there are a few twists and turns near the end. I thought at halfway that I had started too fast, but actually I didn't really slow down so I guess I started at the right pace.
Well done on getting to the taper intact CB69, very impressive with all the mileage you've been doing. Just the crazy-making taper to endure now!
Oh well done, CB69! That's a brilliant long run. Does that mean you're into tapering now ( or after this weekend anyway)? That's come round quickly, it seems no time at all that we were starting to taper and you were saying how far off yours was.
I've done almost no running since the marathon so I've no idea what tomorrow's 10k will feel like! But why worry?! I've also not done a road 10k for ages, so at the very least it should be a season's best.