So (and this is my FB status so I’m sorry to repeat for my FB friends): I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off because I’m leaving for DALLAS on FRIDAY (TOMORROW) to run a MARATHON. Eeeep? I’m leaving tonight after clinic to head up to my mom’s house so I can be closer to Boston for my flight. So, not off yet, but pretty damn close!
After reading your comments on my monthly recap I guess I was running A LOT. It honestly didn’t seem like that much. And while the breakdown per day statistically was ~15 miles it obviously didn’t work out that way every day. My quality days were 15+ and my Fridays were doubles which helped. But there were light days in there. It was either heavy or light. No real in betweens. Maybe that’s why I didn’t feel like I was running that much!
Taper madness. Given that I have training madness, ummm see month of November?, it’s no surprise that running very few miles this week is messing with my head. Not in ways that really make me feel like I have taper madness but I’ve just been antsy (and cooking. I’ll have lots of recipes to share when I get back. Plus I know that I’ll be cooking lots during recovery. Guess I’ll end the year on a bang note there!).
For the most part tapering is going well. Going into Wednesday and today I knew that the bulk of training was, DUH, behind me and that Tuesday’s NAILED GMP was the last “real” workout.
Wednesday morning was a recovery run. As well as a taper run. So it was somewhere around 6 miles. ( <– that is the reason I ran so many miles in November. Taper much? ) I was debating about whether or not to get this run in. I had made myself a deal that if it was raining, even drizzling out, when my alarm went off I’d take the day off as it was suppose to, and did in fact,
rain pour all day and I knew I wasn’t getting out of work at a decent time. And if it was clear I’d go for 5-6 miles. Well no rain in sight when I got up as it was a lovely morning. Later, when the house my apartment was in was literally shaking it wasn’t so lovely hahah
But it was almost 50* Wednesday morning! In December! I checked the forecast for Dallas and it was only 40*. Ummmm some destination marathon I picked, no? I’ve been told the forecast for Sunday is actually looking really nice though. I haven’t had the heart yet to check it out myself
I also got in my pushups (25, 29, 25, 25, 37) and situps (38, 45, 38, 38, 55). Man I hope they get me some strength because I can feel them whenever I do them!
Since today (Thursday) is a clinic day AND I’m in taper check this out: I got to sleep in EXTRA EXTRA. Thursdays have been my long run days and with T-2 days (OMG I think I just got sick a bit) I figured it’d be prudent to NOT bang out a long run. Maybe I’m not so taper madness-ified after all? 😉
While the weather on Wednesday morning was cloudy but warm (hello I was in a sports bra by the end!) this morning brought about sun and temps in the mid-30s and I settled for a repeat of Wednesday: an easy 6 at a slower-than-I-thought pace. Since I was running “only 6 miles” I thought I’d have extra time this morning to leisurely shower and eat. But I was actually feeling pretty good that I stopped just shy of 8. Again, taper much? Any extra time I thought I had by only planning on running 6 miles was taken up by the aforementioned sleeping and those extra 2 miles. So much for not rushing around before work.
Anyway I’ve been shying away from posting about the taper because A) everyone else seems to be and B) because I really suck at it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at November’s numbers and realize that I didn’t stick too well to the taper plan I had set out. BUT this week I have been making sure to do things right. Maybe even a dramatic taper as I sucked a lot during it. I think the only thing I really did well was shift speed work to GMP….but I digress.
In addition to sleeping extra and not running mega miles everyday I’ve also been stretching and rolling lots and did that too today, as well as made sure I did it every day this week. It’s funny how tapering makes those things a PRIORITY. Like drinking lots of water. This week I’ve actually swapped out my diet coke / diet dr. pepper habit with water. GASP. See? Dramatic. Incidentally I’ve nixed lots of salt. Even though I know that skimping on salt (for ME) is no bueno and leads to lightheadedness, I can still taste the salt from my margarita experience last weekend. Obviously by now it’s just mental but regardless: I still have that taste in my mouth.
I’ve also been increasing the carbs that I’m getting. I’m not actually switching out any foods but just adding extra carbs to what I’m already eating. While some people complain about the weight that they gain during taper I couldn’t care less. I don’t *feel* any heavier and, at 5’11”, any taper weight gain is not going to be noticeable. And to be honest: I actually brought home 10 lbs of turkey from Thanksgiving. That bird is not going to eat itself!
Aaaaaaaaaaaand that’s all I got for you. Annoying, right? This post has been a mish-mash of pre-race / pre-travel excitement, daily running and taper.
I wish I had better taper advice but this is only my 3rd marathon. For my first I really wasn’t doing much intense training and, thus, didn’t really do much of a taper. For my second I was injured, so I was tapering for 5 weeks because I couldn’t run much at all. That said, I’ll take suggestions of what y’all do…
So, like I opened this post and titled the post, after clinic tonight I’m off and putting my sorry marathoning butt on a plane tomorrow morning. I have some pre-written posts set up while I’m away but the next time you’ll hear from me “live” will be when I get back. Or a day or two after for the full recap as I’m spending Monday night in my hometown (mostly for the free dinner that my mom has said she’d cook for me. But shhhhh don’t tell my family that!). I’m sure that I’ll do that annoying quickie-where-I-don’t-tell-you-anything teaser post while I’m there.
Because I’m like that.