rest days, finding a long run route

Rest days are really delightful. I’ve been pushing myself awfully hard lately, in preparing for this race, and it’s nice to have a (justified) day off.

Tomorrow is my long-run day, and my training plan is calling for 12 miles, my last long run before the race. But I’m thinking I will probably do a shorter run, or at least a not-as-long-as-I-was-planning long run. Ultimately, no matter how I figure it, I can’t find a way to do a 12-mile run that will include adequate and properly-timed stops to refill on water and/or gatorade. The only possible solution I can think of is to do my long run on the faux track. Mentally, that would be great- I mean, the faux track is where I feel ridiculously confident. Plus it is easy to make sure I have plenty of water and gatorade when I’m on the track- I can take plenty of bottles with me and just leave them on one of the picnic tables. But at the same time, I would like to get more road experience- preparing myself mentally for the race, which will be on a road. Also, the faux track has no hills. This race doesn’t have too many hills, but it’s not perfectly flat. Plus 12 miles on the faux track would mean running in a LOT of circles- 40, to be precise.

I can’t really see any solution to this long run except to run on the track. It’s not ideal but I don’t see any other way. I will go as long as I can- if I can make at least 9 miles (30 laps), I will call that a win, but if I feel strong enough I’ll aim for the full 12 miles. I hope that’s enough- I’m still terribly nervous that I won’t be confident enough on race day!