Since Illinois I've been making it a daily, sometimes twice daily habit to do a mental and physical check-in with myself. I want to assure I'm in the right place and ready to tackle another 26.2. Physically this didn't and doesn't appear to be a problem but the mental adjustment was larger. I needed to reset the thought that I was wrapping up a cycle and get it moving forward again, for another 4 weeks. I also needed to move past whatever thoughts I generated in hindsight from IL and fully engage myself into VCM. Sure, applying lessons learned is a must but equally important is treating each running experience as it's own independent event.
And so the check-ins continue.
After a week of recovery and lower mileage I logged another 60+ week with a quality tempo workout and a fast finish 20 miler. Both went very well and were nice confidence boosters. And so I find myself back into taper mode in the first part of another 45 or so mile week and lots of rest when possible. I also (lucky me!) find myself in another high-profile & stressful work project - gah, these things follow me around like my shadow. Will be getting lots of yoga in to deal with both the taper and the stress :-)