What I have learned from tapering…….

Not sure if it is too soon to post this as my first marathon is not until Sunday (by the way that little statement is freaking me out) but I’m gonna do it anyway because, well, I want too.  🙂 taper1

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):CORRECTION-ATHLETICS-GBR-MARATHON


Thanks for listening/reading.

Not a fan of the taper!!!

taperCaution: I am focused on running right now as my first ever marathon is getting closer so if not interested in reading about my crazy running struggles you might want to stop now!

As I start this thing called a taper for the first time ever, I have noticed something, my shorter runs are awful!  I am not sure why.  Is it the anxiety of knowing the race is soon?  Is it the pressure I have put on myself to even run this far?  I don’t know.  All I know is that what use to be the worst part of my run, the first 3 miles, has now lasted until mile 5 where I get some strange burst of energy.  The one good thing that has come out of it is that I am pushing beyond my limits and that is happening with almost every run.  I hope this bodes well for the marathon.  Each day I go out (and fortunately I have been able to go outside to do these runs) I tell myself the minimum amount I want to run and I push myself to make it that far and then I challenge myself to go a little farther.  I hope/know this will help with the run.  These mind games I keep playing with myself seem to be working.  Today, I set out to do 3 miles and ended up doing 6.25 miles.  Yeah for pushing a little harder! taper1

I know I need to taper and if you ask me a taper would be running once or twice a week for as far as you think you should go.  But I am trying to actually follow a plan for the taper so I don’t over train (I assume that is worse than training to much).  I almost feel like I am running more days but getting less distance or maybe I am just getting anxious like I said earlier.  Starting to question my sanity a little more!  Dreading every run until the big one because I am scared?!  I don’t know but like I have said in the past, I am my own worst client so this running that use to get me out of my head is now so in my head that I can’t get out of its way.  HELP!!!!  (Fairly certain tomorrow is a day off from running!  It is supposed to be raining and cold anyway!)taper2