This week was a nice taper week. Three miles of speed work on Tuesday. I ran with Jeff and we really hustled. We ran so hard that I walked the extra bit it takes me to get back to my house after our runs. (I never do that) Thursday was an 8 miler that I tried to take slow but, Jeff is feeling speedy these days so it turned into a pretty good tempo run. Finally, today (Saturday) we had a 10 miler, our last long run before the main event. I am running in a St. Patty’s day 5k tomorrow, I will be running just for fun I don’t want to push too hard with less than a week to go before the marathon. I feel good and injuries that were bugging me are cleared up. I am looking forward to a enjoyable marathon next week. I really don’t know where my finish time is going fall, I will be happy with anything under 4 hours but wont be surprised if I end up at something like 4:07. Without the cross training between days I have lost a little kick in my stride. The National is a flat course so you never know I might have a great finish time. Wish me luck.