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November 28, 2010

I’ve Found the Way to Make Me Taper

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Obviously it’s not a secret that taking it easy isn’t in my vocabulary.  And tapering is the time to take it easy.

But I’ve found the antidote to my gotta-run-lots ways

Pitcher(s) of Margaritas – 1, MM – 0

I’ve been told that one night of drinking erases a week of training.  Oopsies.  I sincerely hope that is not the case. And I hope that the thought of tequila someday doesn’t make my stomach churn.  I need to increase my points in the above tally! Preferably soon as I’ll be in TEXAS in a week!

But needless to say going out with my roomie and my bestie was fun and successful on Friday night.  In fact I spent all of Saturday laying on the couch (where I woke up no less) and would dissolve into hysterics throughout the day remembering the things that went down (and yes I can remember the night *thankyouverymuch*)

Okay: in all honesty, I didn’t actually spend the ENTIRE day on the couch.  I had wanted to still get in my speed session and around 1430 or so I felt up to trying.  Ambitious much? So I moseyed outside (in the bright SUN) to attempt

  • Warm up
  • 2 X ~3.3 miles @ GMP (or actually I wanted to target 7:25-7:30 which is slightly faster than the 7:34 of GMP McMillian says) with one mile recovery
  • Warm down

The portion I was going to use for my warm-up of the legit workout felt pretty awful so I decided to just run how my body would let me.  And once I nixed going for those GMP intervals, the run actually turned into a very great run.  Yes my stomach was still turning but my head hadn’t been pounding all day at all so I was able to pound my feet.  The average pace ended up being 8:25! I tried to pick people off (success) and not get passed (double success)

I also did pushups ( 22, 30, 20, 20, 30) and situps ( 33, 42, 30, 30, 50) after the run

Interesting how my run on Friday, after a good night sleep and lots of Thanksgiving carbs, was wicked slow and Saturday, after a ehhh night of sleep and too much tequila, was wicked fast.  That said, I didn’t rack up many miles because A) I’m tapering and B) I could still taste the tequila and salt from the night before and didn’t want to risk revisiting them again.

Meaning that the workout got transferred to Sunday.  I normally hate doing quality workouts on Sunday.  Mostly because I want to use my Sundays to be lazy.  To do a quality workout on Sunday just seems so….productive.  Given that my Saturday was soooooooooo not productive I guess the switcheroo was okay.

The aforementioned workout was on tap and before I left I calculated out what the time elapsed would be to hit my paces: 24:28 to 24:45.

How’d I do?

Well after an obscenely slow warm up…

  • 3.3 miles in 25:37 ( 7:45 ) Yeah…not so much.  I knew that I wasn’t flying and that my legs felt the effort but I was kind of – more than a bit actually- off where I wanted and needed to be.
  • 1 mile recovery in 8:32 — trying to convince myself that I can do another one.  That I *want* to do another one.
  • 3.3 miles in 24:55 ( 7:33 ) Better.  Trying to keep my mind in the game and focused. I will say that once I was done with this interval I was dry heaving.  Ugh

Well….I’m not going to lie: this kind of sucked.  I knew the second I woke up this morning that this would be one tough workout. A helluva tough workout.  And not *just* because I hate them. Usually even when I wake up not feeling like going fast, once the workout starts and I start kicking it I can feel good and turn my attitude around. Not today. I kind of regret not doing this workout yesterday because, despite running the risk of re-visiting my good friends Jose and Rita, my legs at least had some pep.  Just goes to show you that runs after drinking are always good in my book.

In the end I’m going to chalk today up to just a bad day and move on.  In exactly a week I’ll (highly likely) be done with the race and I don’t need mind games at this point (and trust me the desire to complain and be really frustrated/angry is so huge right now)I’ve had stellar workouts this cycle. No joke.  So I know I’m ready.

It’s just a bit disheartening to leave it at that, especially since I have yet to really know what GMP feels like.  I sort of hit it last week with my longer, continuous GMP attempt and I sort of hit it today with interval numero dos. I mean, I know I’m in taper but that doesn’t mean the intensity goes down.

In light of that, there is a chance for quasi-redemption later this week as I wanted to get another GMP run in.  Similar to today but with shorter intervals.  According to the taper plan I was using as a guide I’ll be doing

  • Tuesday: 2 @ MP, .5 easy, 2 @ HMP
  • Thursday: 1 @ MP, 1 @ HMP

We’ll see how that goes.  Regardless I’m likely going to try and get something in the vein of GMP, likely Tuesday being 4 miles @ GMP and Thursday being 3 (or 3.3 because I have a route pre-done) at GMP.

All I know is that there is going to be no more of this until AFTER I cross that finish line

acoustic version because I couldn’t find an official video. Still awesome and you should youtube the song to hear the radio version.  I would have put that here but the videos were all homemade.


  1. Girl you are the energizer bunny…..even tequila doesn’t slow you down! I love tapering because I feel like I have worked hard so I deserve to be a little lazy:) Great workout and I really need to try this whole push-up thing…it must be working!!!

    Comment by janae — November 28, 2010 @ 15:02

    • Well tequila may not slow me it sure knocked me flat on my ass. But I got right back up again so it’s okay 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 28, 2010 @ 18:30

  2. I’m with Janae — Amazing workouts! I’m so excited for your mary next week – yippee!

    PS: mmmm margaritas.

    Comment by jen — November 28, 2010 @ 15:09

  3. Meh, tempos and GMP and all that stuff is so ambiguous in the end — you are right to chalk it up to an off day and let it go. And no worries about scoring any “redemption” in a workout later on in the week. Once you’re at T-1 week, less is probably more… you’ve had such a solid mini-cycle of training; get your redemption during the race instead!

    Also: whoever said that a night of drinking erases a week of training is full of crap. You are young and resilient… and you’re probably right that if a little hangover forces you to cut out some miles during the taper, it’s likely more helpful than hurtful. Glad you got to have such a fun night – sounds like it was memorable, hilarious and worth it.

    Comment by sweatykid — November 28, 2010 @ 15:24

    • Your comment totally made me feel 100000000X better about everything. And yes it was such a fun night. The tequila may have knocked me on my ass the next day but definitely a billion percent worth it

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 28, 2010 @ 18:32

  4. Girl, I am so jealous of your workout! I bailed on mine and am on the couch with a heating pad… but not for long! I’ll give it a little rest but if it’s going to hurt anyway I’m going to run! Sounds like you had a great time out on the town – and I seriously doubt you did any damage to your training, even if you did have a bit of a hangover!

    Comment by Terri — November 28, 2010 @ 15:28

  5. I sure hope a night of drinking doesn’t erase a week of training. I’m going to choose not to believe that. Your legs will come around, don’t worry.

    Comment by Jess — November 28, 2010 @ 15:33

  6. lol. i am a margarita girl!!!!!!!! loooooooove pitchers! that can be on our date list as well. we have so many! running/racing, twilight marathon w/ ames, and margs!!!! WOOP! do you also like scorpion bowls? b/c if you do i need to take you to hong kong= dancing in harvard square. double woo.

    way to go on your runs! you are SOCLOSE to your marathon 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — November 28, 2010 @ 15:59

    • I thought I loved pitchers. They sure as heck don’t like me though! And EFF YES to scorpion bowls. Our date list is probably longer than a marathon at this point hahahah. Ergo we need to start making a dent in it. Because I haven’t seen you in forever. Which is way too long

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 28, 2010 @ 18:34

  7. I hope that’s myth (1 night of drinking erases 1 week of training). However, I never really spend an entire night drinking just the occasional drink or two. It’s those difficult workouts that make us stronger and better and faster.

    Comment by run4may — November 28, 2010 @ 16:04

  8. My tequila tolerance is all-around low. As in it doesn’t take much to do me in, and I only tolerate the good stuff. It is the one alcohol I have expensive taste in.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 28, 2010 @ 16:41

    • In the end tequila is potent. I’m just lucky I stayed clothed as I’m sure pitchers of margaritas = cheap tequila hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 28, 2010 @ 18:38

  9. Wow amazing dude! Do you ever get tired? LOL.

    Comment by Matt — November 28, 2010 @ 17:31

  10. There will be NO tequila on Saturday, girl! See ya soon!

    Comment by Lesley @ — November 28, 2010 @ 18:45

  11. I had a pretty funny experience with tequila a year or so ago. I had a strong margarita one Friday night when we had dinner at a Mexican pace, and I realized just how strong it was as I was walking back to the car. I was kind of embarrassed for being such a light weight so I pretended I was totally normal. Well, we went to Barnes and Noble after that to hang out, and I totally passed out in one of the big chairs. Like an hour later Daniel came back to find me and I was zonked out, drooling on Running Times. So no more margaritas from that place…

    Comment by Chelsea — November 28, 2010 @ 20:01

    • Yeah, I don’t think that I’ll go back to this place either despite the tasty drinks…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 29, 2010 @ 13:38

  12. Lol I love the Jose Cuervo song… and you are hilarious that your idea of being totally hungover is starting with some more running haha.
    I don’t think a night of drinking erases a week of training though. I’ve heard that but it never made sense to me and I think it’s made up 🙂

    My parents house at the Cape is about an hour from Ptown so thats why we can go for the day. I would never do it from Boston unless I took the ferry, which I’m sure is expensive.

    Comment by Kelly — November 28, 2010 @ 20:34

  13. Hahah….you’re cracking me up! I don’t think you lost a week of training with a few tequila drinks and you got to have a really nice time, so all is good :). Can’t believe WR is next week – where has the time gone??!!

    Comment by Jill — November 28, 2010 @ 21:58

  14. Skip HMP entirely, none of the big coaches suggest doing that. Pete Pfizinger, who is arguably the most followed coach around for the marathon would have your hardest workout this week be 7 miles with 2MP, then strides on Friday. Whisper to your tequila-laden self “less is more, less is more…”

    Comment by Flo — November 28, 2010 @ 22:51

    • I’m trying! I’m trying! Good to know / think about the HMP, I was thinking of keeping it all GMP. Yay for your blessing 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 29, 2010 @ 13:38

  15. hehe, sometimes I get “delayed reaction” hangovers – wake up feeling great and then just get knocked on my ass later that afternoon/night and the next day. It’s weird. Glad you had a fun night though! The money is in the bank, so I wouldn’t stress about the off workout 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — November 29, 2010 @ 07:40

  16. Just looking at your scheduled runs on race week, I can already tell that the taper madness has indeed set in. Two speed workouts, at half marathon pace is a bit like taking tequila shots back to back on an empty stomach because you’re so anxious to get the party going. Haha! One speed workout, with a few miles at GMP, is probably all that is needed. The rest of the time should be spent eating, resting, recovering, and scheming the perfect race strategy. Good luck! I’m sure you’ll do great whatever plan you go with.

    Comment by The Laminator — November 29, 2010 @ 08:08

    • But I don’t feel the madness! hahah. My weekend messed up my schedule because I was going to do a M/W thing but I think putting something on Thursday is cutting it too close. Maybe split the difference with Wednesday only? Or maybe Tuesday only?

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 29, 2010 @ 13:40

  17. You know, maybe don’t force what you have set in your head as GMP? Maybe your body has/knows a different pace that it can do? Just a thought… I’m half asleep and at work so it may not be valid. Haha.

    As for booze – not sure that is typically recommended during marathon prep?

    Comment by Lindsay — November 29, 2010 @ 09:01

    • I’m pretty sure I’ve broken every marathon prep rule in the book. I say “go big or go home”? hahah. Oops. but NO BOOZE this week. Zero.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 29, 2010 @ 13:41

  18. I have not had tequila since second year of college when I couldn’t stand up by myself because I kept taking shots followed by spoonfuls of frozen limeade. It was quite a night. I also threw up off a balcony onto a dog (i think…) Yeah I don’t think I was running much the next day at all.

    Comment by J — November 29, 2010 @ 10:34

  19. Awesome workouts! Your a rockstar.

    Comment by Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather — November 29, 2010 @ 10:43

  20. Tequila is like sit-ups for my vesitbular system…YUCK…and guess what? it was freeeeeeezing cold when I returned from Istanbul to Germany, but I got my butt out of bed and gabbing with a friend ran 12 miles, averaging 8:15. The last 20 minutes SUCKED, but I said to my pal, “there’s this gal who support me on my blog” and you completely fueled me. The half marathon is in Jan, and I think I am in good shape.
    Any chance you can burn me a disk of your fav. marathon tunes????

    Comment by specialkphd — November 29, 2010 @ 11:58

    • ❤ to the first part of the comment and YES! to the second. Email me your addy and I can either send you some of my favorite "get pumped" songs or I can send you the playlist I listened to on the car ride to the start of Boston this year

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 29, 2010 @ 13:42

  21. […] weekend and need the extra sleep and B) I’m tapering (although by the looks of my weekend of drinking and running you wouldn’t know it […]

    Pingback by Let Them Eat Chocolate Cheesecake « MarathonMaiden's Blog — November 29, 2010 @ 12:25

  22. I’m pretty sure one night of drinking & having a great time w/ friends isn’t going to affect your training since you’re training has been rock solid. I can’t believe your race is in 1 week. I think I’m a little too excited to see how you do….is that weird? 🙂

    Comment by Jenny — November 29, 2010 @ 18:06

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