Tapering 

Long time no write. 

All is fine here, I’ve just not felt much like blogging. I’m less than 10 days from my marathon and bloody exhausted. So far, I’ve not felt taper madness because all I want to do is nap. 

I had a great final 22-miler on Sunday that was a 6 mile warm up, a half marathon around marathon goal pace then 3 mile cool down. It felt amazing and effortless, but I’ve been feeling it this week. Yesterday I had a kind of crap run that has me a little worried, so I’m going to take it easy the next week. I have a massage scheduled for today and I couldn’t be more excited. 

My husband survived his Ragnar relay, and I’m annoyed he wasn’t more sore. He did great, though, averaging around 9:15/mile for his 16 or so total miles. 

I’m trying not to think too much about the Wineglass Marathon and skipping right over to thinking about the fun half marathons have have scheduled for the rest of the year. I’m still headed towards my coaching certification and trying to meet the challenges of doing right by my coaching client. I do feel some general anxiety right now, but I’m trying to remember a little anxiety is ok and can be lived with. 

I hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the beginning of fall!

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12 thoughts on “Tapering 

  1. Darlene says:

    GL on your marathon. I am sure that you will go great. I am glad that my hubby doesn’t run becasue I know he would kick my butt without trying. He does that with tennis. What halfs are you doing?. I am looking for another late fall. Why not come to Brooklyn on Oct 10?

    • Thanks! I’m nervous as heck.

      I thought about Brooklyn because I’ve run two races there in Prospect Park & really like it. It’s a little too close to after my marathon. I think my husband and I are going to spectate friends at the Mohawk Hudson races.

      I’m doing the RnR Philly half, Space Coast (in Florida) and Kiawah Island near Charleston. I may do Key West in January, but that’s not decided yet.

  2. I am so excited for you … I was out this past Sunday doing just over 15 miles with 50F temps and thinking how I hope that sort of thing holds for you guys. My local forecast now has it as low 40 / high 64 F … which would be amazing. Chance of rain, hopefully just clouds.

    Isn’t it funny how we can get in our own heads about things like that – it is stunning how a single crap run can ruin our mojo! You got this – remember that life is full of good and bad runs, and just enjoy.

    What half marathons are you running? I have been disappointed that I don’t see the ‘Red Baron Half’ as happening in our area 😦 I was counting on that one (assuming it wasn’t on the same day as the Marching Band state championships again this year!). Oh well 🙂

    • The weather forecast is looking great so far, but anything can still happen. Fingers crossed!

      I’m doing some traveling for my halfs. I’m doing the RnR Philly half October 31, the Space Coast half thanksgiving weekend and the Kiawah Island half near Charleston in early December. I love the half distance so much, so it’ll be good times. If I make my BQ goal this year, I want to try to get my half time to 1:42 or better to qualify for the NYC Marathon.

  3. So basically you are feeling exactly how you’re supposed to right now 🙂 I LOVE that well earned taper. Means good things are coming at ya!
    I too go to that weird “looking forward to any races that aren’t goal races place” … It’s a happy place where nothing matters. But hey, if it keeps you stress free and your mind off of the imminent Wineglass, I’d say stay there! You are going to be fantastic. I can’t wait to see this unfold!

    • Thanks! This taper does feel pretty alright.

      I’m having so much fun reading about your running triumphs. It really makes me eager to do some more trail running, which is up on my agenda for at least fun runs with friends and my husband as soon as this marathon is done.

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