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December 2, 2010

And I’m Off. Kind of Sort of.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:01

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!).

Grrrrr to the taper. thanks google

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.

Must. Get. To. Work. Now.

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.

thanks to my favorite sister for her lovely paint skilllzzzz. and i must really love my tiara because this is the billionth time i've shown this pic!

And check out the giveaway from Marcia and Julie (hotlegs runner)


  1. Good luck! I’m so jealous of your little trip!

    Either way, I’m sure you’ll rock this marathon. You’re sort of a super star….

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 2, 2010 @ 13:07

  2. Good luck! I’m thinking you’re going to come home with a huge PR…

    Comment by Jenny — December 2, 2010 @ 13:42

  3. Good luck in Dallas. By the sounds of it, you will do great due to all your hard work. PS, I love to rock a tiara and will do it at a moments notice if given the chance. When I went to Vegas this time last year for my first marathon, I wore my tiara to the airport, on the plane and all around Vegas just because. Oh yea, tiaras rock! I threatened to wear it for the marathon but it wasn’t so comfy so I wore my bondi band with a tiara on it. I’ll be sure to post a pic of me in it on my blog so you can see it!

    Comment by Kirstie — December 2, 2010 @ 13:58

  4. We’re the same height!

    Oh, and if you’re feeling antsy, you can come cook for me Friday. Ha ha ha!!!!!! Let me know if you’re coming Saturday to the dinner, if not, shoot me your cell number so maybe I can meet you pre-race Sunday.

    I’ll be at the expo noon tomorrow… probably about when you’re landing.

    Comment by Lesley @ — December 2, 2010 @ 14:00

    • I’m going to try to come on Saturday but it depends on what my friend’s plans are. Sending my cell to you asap 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 2, 2010 @ 19:52

  5. My sister is running the half this weekend! You guys should meet up!


    Comment by Matt — December 2, 2010 @ 14:02

  6. Hahaha that picture your sister made is so funny!

    How do your legs feel!? I had a Diet Coke today…

    Comment by Jess — December 2, 2010 @ 14:03

  7. Good luck!!! Can’t wait to see how you do! I guess you were running a lot (haven’t checked your monthly recap post), but it seems like this has been a healthier training cycle (I know it was short, but I’m going to call it a cycle anyway) than training for Boston, which I hope leads to a massive PR for you.

    Comment by Chelsea — December 2, 2010 @ 14:10

    • I think the cycle has been healthier too so I’m really looking forward to this race!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 2, 2010 @ 19:52

  8. Enjoy Dallas and GOOD LUCK to you!!

    Don’t eat too much of the that leftover turkey…sleepiness! 😉

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — December 2, 2010 @ 14:16

  9. Thanks for wishing me luck and I wish the same for you this weekend! We are gonna rock this. Have a safe trip! Run swift and happy. =) hugs!

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — December 2, 2010 @ 14:38

  10. Run smart, run hard, and enjoy yourself! Good luck!

    Comment by sweatykid — December 2, 2010 @ 14:48

  11. Ahh your push-up numbers are getting really good.. I need to get a move on to catch up 😉 mine went awful today, I only managed 10 in my last set.. what was going on?!

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — December 2, 2010 @ 15:06

  12. Have a great, fabulous, wonderful time! 🙂

    Comment by Terri — December 2, 2010 @ 15:40

  13. good luck karyn!!!!!!!! have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Lacey — December 2, 2010 @ 15:57

  14. Not sure if I’ve commented before (I’m a rather new reader) but just want to wish you an awesome marathon. I don’t think you need luck, because it sounds like you’re well prepared. 🙂 Enjoy it!!

    Comment by Lisa — December 2, 2010 @ 16:39

  15. Good Luck, girl!!! I’ll be thinking of you along the way. It’s a bit windy around the lake so try to conserve here some and then knock it out after the lake!!! Have a blast!

    Comment by Jill — December 2, 2010 @ 18:31

  16. i am so glad the tiara picture found a way to be posted again. your sister rocks in my book… 😉

    good luck this weekend (and safe travels!)

    Comment by lindsay — December 2, 2010 @ 20:49

  17. you are going to be so amazing!!!! i’m hearing great things about this race and can’t wait to read all about your experience and how you KILLED IT!

    Comment by the dawn — December 2, 2010 @ 22:56

  18. GOOOD LUUUUCKK!! Can’t wait to hear about how much ass you kick! 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — December 3, 2010 @ 07:43

  19. Woman you are going to PR!! Don’t worry if people were telling you that you were running to much…. everybody is different and you are doing what is right for you!! You are probably on your flight right now:) GOOD LUCK!

    Comment by janae — December 3, 2010 @ 11:17

  20. Hooray! Good luck! Run smart and fast 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — December 3, 2010 @ 11:19

  21. Good luck this weekend!! Ill be thinking of you! Hope you kick butt like you always do!

    Comment by J — December 3, 2010 @ 11:26

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