Monday: 7m combo tempo (2m warm up, 2 x 1m @ 6:11/pace, 2 x 400s @ 5:56/pace, 2m cool down)
Everything that supposed to happen during a taper has happened. I got way too emotional last week (i think i cried twice…ok 3x.), got into a dumb, unnecessary argument due to stress and hormones. All of the “easy” runs felt off, and not very easy at all. My shins were a little sore (where did that come from?) and i thought i was coming down with a cold.
I dumped water on my training plan which erased the computer ink, but kept all the notes I jotted in pen…was it a sign? Does it mean my training was all erased! Or I shouldn’t focus on reviewing every detail of every workout and trust the training? Am I a superstitious person now??
I talk about tapering a lot. I race a lot, so I taper a lot. Doesn’t make the process easier–but once I get past the irrational, emotional, stressed out crazy part, I do tend to focus on important stuff to get to the race.
Like the week before the race when I have one last drink. Full On is a place I visit often. Nothing like a good sandwich and cold sangria on a warm day ❤
Ok so the last adult beverage isn’t important. The important stuff is making lists for everything i have to do this week & everything I need to remember to bring. It’s doing laundry and cleaning the house with all the extra time, since i’m not running excess miles. It’s all about foam rolling the crap out of my legs each night and stretching like i’m in the Yoga Olympics. Well, not that hard, but you get the idea.
I focus on nutrition, hydration, getting in extra sleep & waking up earlier, so it’s easier to crawl out of bed on race day. I head to the chiropractor for an adjustment (and this week, a shin massage–it was as awful as it sounds). I double check last minute race information, expo information and watch the weather report. I review the course and memorize where the water stations are. I usually stare at my training log for workouts I nailed for reassurance and try to come up with a race day plan. On top of all the planning i’m just trying to stay sane and keep myself busy.
Which has led to a lot of midday walking. It works for me since i have so much energy building up in these legs. The last several days have actually been awesome. I ran a treadmill mile PR of 6:11. Not once, but twice! Woo!
I received my Zooma Ambassador singlet! It’s gorgeous and looks super official. And the Zooma girls all received support from New Balance and got new kicks! I can’t wait to start long running in these cushioned Fresh Foam 1080s. I’ll be sure to let you know how I like them when i get in some miles. (Also the Zooma Annapolis June 4th half marathon i’m running also has a 10k and 5k now, no excuses–get out and run in this cute town with me! Use code CORI16 for 10% off!)
OH and Lauren Fleshman liked & commented on my Picky Bar photo from a week ago–so, you know…we’re best friends now.
5 days left. A few more nights sleep. A trip or two to Target and Sports Authority and all the while trying not to forget to bring everything I need. Below is a list I complied years ago. I added to it, feel free to copy/paste it and use it for your next race!
__Garmin Watch/Charger __Ipod/armband/headphones/charger
__Laptop/Charger __Sports Bra
__Shorts/Capri’s __Singlet and Throwaway Shirt
__Socks/Compression Socks & Pants __Running Shoes
__Anti-Chafe Cream/Chapstick __Sunscreen/Sunglasses/Hat
__Hair ties/headbands __Gels or Sports Drinks/Water/Nuun
__Fuel Belt/ ZipLock bags __Sandals & after race clothes
__Race Confirmation/Hotel Confirmation/Course Map (for your family or friends!)
__Aspirin/pain reliever (for after race)
Monday: 6m easy 9:40/pace, 15 min myrtls
Tuesday: 30 min trx legs/shoulders
Wednesday: 9m tempo (2m warm up, 4 x 1.5m @ 6:49/pace, 1/2m cool down)
Thursday: 5000m row
Friday: 6m easy 8:40/pace + 10min abs
Saturday: Rest + 2.5m walk
Sunday: 9m long 8:16/pace
Total Miles: 30
What else should I add to the Race Checklist?
What do you do to keep your mind off of tapering?
04/26/2016 at 8:45 AM
I feel like taper crazies for me is the “taper totally unfocused-ies.” My brain is all over the place and I can’t get anything worthwhile done because my brain keeps going back to “We’re running a marathon in HOW MANY days??!”
Love the singlet and NB shoes! Happy final days of taper, and good luck at the race!
04/26/2016 at 4:05 PM
exactly! it’s why i make lists and try and focus on one thing at a time. it’s tough, but it helps. And thank you for the luck, i need it!
04/26/2016 at 8:55 AM
Such a bummer about your training log – but don’t worry, the training is still in your legs! I completely understand about all the stuff that happens during taper. I’m running the NJ marathon on Sunday and experienced more taper weirdness than I was expecting. Crabby mood, out-of-nowhere niggles, and easy runs not feeling easy. Funny the stuff we deal with to run/race 🙂
04/26/2016 at 3:59 PM
Good luck on Sunday! and yeah–i know what happens during the taper and i still can’t believe how it sneaks up on me every time!
04/26/2016 at 9:21 AM
Excited for you!!!! Taper drives me crazy but when done right, it works so well. Too well, even. Hopefully I’ll see you in OC 🙂
04/26/2016 at 4:02 PM
yes! make sure and fb message me when you’re there and let me know when you’re at the expo or dinner or something. hopefully we will cross paths! 🙂
04/26/2016 at 10:37 AM
I was dying laughing – everything you described in the first paragraph was what I went through before Boston. Except instead of shin pain, it was groin/hip/hamstring pain. Our bodies love to throw taper tantrums.
GOOOD LUUUCCCKKK THIS WEEKEND! As I’m sure I will say 3248238947389 more times. LOL!
04/26/2016 at 4:01 PM
haha i’m finding more and more that runners totally deal with the same emotions. And thank you for the luck–keep it coming my way! I NEED IT!
04/26/2016 at 11:12 AM
It is funny – I was saying on another blogger site that after running a few solid marathons and half marathons, I have just learned to deal with the fact that I am crap at really tapering. So I no longer force myself into a hard taper, just try to keep in under control. 🙂
Because you’re right – it is so easy to go nuts during the taper – so much energy suddenly NOT being spent on running, and at the same time all of those nerves and energy piling into the race pre-thoughts! arrgh! 🙂 I like your list – it is really important to have something like that in order to take the weight of it off yourself.
Now to relax … yeah, right!!
04/26/2016 at 4:00 PM
haha you’re a machine at running though. I need the rest. I’m good at tapering (i never mind taking a small break from running) but i have no idea what to do with myself when workouts are off the table!
04/26/2016 at 2:46 PM
You need to add, “Post-race beer $” to the list…and you might as well be searching for the best place to have said beer. I’ve never made a list for a running race but I do have quite the extensive spreadsheet for a big tri!
Good luck this weekend!
04/26/2016 at 3:58 PM
Oh man, i imagine a list for tri’s are crazy! post-race beer $–that’s a good one!
04/26/2016 at 4:01 PM
Mmmmmm sangria! Haven’t had it in sooooo long! I love your list and totally agree with Russ’s comment about post race beer 😀 xoxo
04/26/2016 at 4:03 PM
that’s what the ziplock bag is for! Beer money! haha 🙂
04/26/2016 at 4:45 PM
I feel like I manage to keep myself too busy during the taper and its never as relaxing as I expect it to be. I think having a list like this is a great idea!
04/27/2016 at 8:28 PM
busy is good, but yeah too busy is stressful!
04/26/2016 at 5:18 PM
I hate the taper. It makes me crazy. I try to cross train that week with things like yoga to keep me busy.
04/27/2016 at 8:27 PM
i’m definitely feeling crazy right now!