Friday, October 12, 2012

Trying To Keep Taper Madness Away




It’s taper time and I am trying my absolute best to not go crazy or drive my family crazy. 
I want to run.  I want to get out there and just run forever.  Maybe not forever, but you get my drift.  Right?   But I need to give my legs a rest for the BIG DAY on Sunday.


So what’s a girl to do during taper week? 

1.  Short, easy runs.  Let's change that to 1 run.  Yep.  After my kick ass Tufts 10K, I was feeling a bit sore.  I did a 4 mile easy run on Wednesday and decided to call it good until Sunday.  

Of course the day I ran, it downpoured!  Poor Pepper.  She's a trooper.  


2.  Yoga.  For me, yoga is the perfect way to ease my mind and stretch those tired muscles.   Plus, I can get the kids involved.  



3. Eat AND Hydrate.  Just because you aren’t running a whole lot this week doesn’t mean you should stop eating.  You need to nourish your body for the big day. I drink a gallon of water a day.  The past couple of days I've upped my electrolyte intake as well - with Nuun and EmergenC because it seems like everyone around me had a cold and I was going to do everything I could to keep it away!

Mmmmm..... Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup.  


4. Go shopping, pack, and put together a fun little activity bag for the kids (that I'll surprise them with marathon morning) - because there will be a lot of waiting.  A LOT.  And they are just awesome kids
anyway.

Hopefully they like it!  Yes - kazoos - because I won't be with them for the 4 (or more) hours!
 I actually threw a cowbell in the bag too.  Ha!  Poor Ward.  

the start of my packing



 5.  Rest!  I know, this is hard to do, but it is necessary.  I'm forcing myself to get into bed by 9 tonight and tomorrow night.  I know I'm not going to be asleep, but at least I'll start to relax.   Maybe tomorrow night I'll have myself a beer to help me REST.  

Now I'm off to decide what to wear.  Since the weather isn't going to go along with what I want, I am going to shift my outfit plans a bit. No biggie.  And I need to find a throw-away shirt.  I'm sure I'll find one in my closet or drawer.

Enjoy your weekend!!!

11 comments:

  1. Betsy from Warrior Betsy did a funny post on the taper crazies (I linked to it Wed). It's so funny to me how crazy we all get about tapering. Why is it so hard???? Runners are a funny funny lot ;-)

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  2. Good luck! Not that you need luck, you'll do great! Bummer about the weather--it's really messing up a bunch of fall stuff. We were supposed to go to Gardiner last night for a youth field hockey game but I guess the field was under water... so we didn't go. obviously.

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  3. Good luck this weekend! I hate that the weather isn't going to be what you were hoping for. It looks like the kids will have a lot of fun things to keep themselves entertained the morning of the race. I'm sure Ward will love the cowbell!

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  4. Tapering.... right now that has made me use my afternoon to make potato soup, homemade frozen yogurt and pumpkin muffins from scratch... I think I'll go for a little walk now too.. Gotta try to keep busy but relaxed all at the same time! :)

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  5. My taper has been so odd this time too! (I only tapered for a week since I've only had 6 weeks of "actual" training, haha!) Looking forward to tomorrow and the cold and rain (BLAH!) Hope to see you there!

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  6. Love the activities you packed for the kids. I love that my husband has to do all the work for my 4+ hour races. They usually have more fun than I anticipate.

    Way to listen to your body this week and get some rest. A fast 10k will take a lot out of you but it also gets your legs ready to run hard. Good luck tomorrow, I am so excited to hear how it goes!!!!

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  7. Rest up girl! You got this one! Good luck...even though I don't think you need it!

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  9. I think you did a great job with your taper, can't wait to read all about the marathon!

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  10. I love that your kids do yoga with you. That's just awesome. :D

    I hope the marathon went well! I think you tapered perfectly for it.

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