Some of the things I have learned in the past few weeks from tapering is that I NEED to run! I need to get outside, smell the fresh air and exercise. I know I can exercise in anyway but there is nothing like getting outside and watching the sun set (because I run after work) and reviewing your day, realizing what you have learned today and storing it in your memory banks as well as stretching the legs all day from sitting and listening to clients.
I am not a good taperer (not sure that is a word) but I’m not! I enjoy pushing myself on a regular basis to see how far I can go and at the end of the day I like to have that feeling of achievement to end my day (who doesn’t)!
People hear you are training for a marathon and during the taper they tend to inquire more about how far you are running today. I grumpily reply: “not far enough!” I learned I am not a pleasant person to be around during a taper. Why is this? Well I think I figured it out. Normally I spend quite a bit of my free time running and when I am tapering I tend to have a lot more free time. I think I am forgetting things I use to do when I was not running all the time. Let’s think about it, normally I spend at least 3.5 hours on a Sunday running, stretching and showering and now when I have that extra three and a half hours on a Sunday, I don’t know what to do with myself. (Oh the perils of a soon to be marathon runner!)
So now for a little therapy because clearly I NEED it too!……. What am I going to do with what I learned about myself? First answer, suck it up because it will be over on Sunday and then I have to figure out what is next (by the way, I hear there is another marathon next month so if I like this distance, why not sign up for another one. I’m in shape, right?!). Second, our mind is a powerful thing. I know, I know, I already knew that so why repeat it. Well mainly because I feel like we need a reminder (by “we”, I mean “me”). While talking to my other half at dinner about the race, he kept saying “don’t overthink this thing”. I heard him and I am hoping it is sinking in (probably isn’t because I am stubborn but I will save that insight for a later post). And finally what is important in all of this tapering, running, marathon stuff is that I get to the line on Sunday. It has taken about 10 full months of training, I have done all I know how to do at this point, and just getting to the line is a huge thing that some never do. Okay and then there is this wonderful picture I saw from the London Marathon which says it all (especially because I live in Massachusetts and have dealt with a very long week):
Thanks for listening/reading.