We picked up Lindsey yesterday for a night out on the town.
Brooke has a weird obsession with candles… I have no idea where she gets that from;)
Put Brooke to bed and then it was ice cream for me while watching House Hunters. Brooke has me hooked on sprinkles.
I am pretty sure I need to get this for Brooke like right now.
This isn’t a picture from last night but it just makes me happy.
8 things I expect to happen during the taper (because they do every time) and how to combat those things:
1. Mentally I will question my abilities. We all do it. A big event is coming up and we doubt ourselves. To combat this fun little thing I look over my training log. I love having a coach because it helps me to keep a detailed training log (we use google docs) and I love reading her commentary. Looking back over the tough workouts that I pushed through and conquered help with the mental doubts. I will be thinking about this 12 x 800 workout that I didn’t quit during when the going gets tough at Boston.
2. To go along with #1… I will stress out about time goals/paces/numbers/everything under the sun that I can think about worrying about. Yes I have set some time goals for the race and yes they do scare me a bit but I think if goals don’t scare you at least a little bit you aren’t challenging yourself enough. I need to remember that I will do my absolute best but that no matter what, Brooke/family/friends will still love me no matter what the time on the clock says.
3. The desire to just get in ONE MORE really hard workout in before the race. This happens to me every time I am tapering for a marathon. It usually happens about 1.5 weeks before race day and I will have this strong urge to do a killer workout to prove to myself that I am going to rock race day. For a minute I also think that just one more hard workout is going to magically make me so much stronger and shave 10 minutes off my marathon time. This is not the case. I need to remind myself that I will do so much better on race day if I taper properly vs pushing myself when I shouldn’t be.
I’ll just live vicariously through my nephew’s killer speed workouts during my taper:)
4. Random little niggles (i.e. ahhhh my IT Band hurts, HOW DO I HAVE SHIN SPLINTS THE WEEK OF THE MARATHON, is that my achilles on fire?) pop up. Every time. The week or two before the race my body suddenly has phantom pains (or maybe these areas flare up because of reducing my mileage?) that freak me out. I just have to remember that this happens every time and that on race day my body will work like magic.
5. The temptation to just lower the speed work and intensity but keep up the mileage… just at an easy pace. The cure for this—> read articles like THIS ONE that give you the specific details of exactly what you should be doing during the taper and trust it. Do your research and you will find that proper tapering is proven to result in better race times.
6. This one. Don’t worry. It happens to all of us.
7. I will most likely feel more tired than ever even though my mileage and intensity has decreased. It usually happens and then magically I feel that burst of energy on race day. I think this happens because my body is working extra hard to recover and store as much glycogen as possible in my muscles. I have no idea the real cause of the fatigue but I just tell myself that is what is going on.
8. During the taper I will think that it is a good idea to cross-train or strength train a bunch more because I won’t be running as much as I usually do. Um, sure… let’s all go into a race sore from adding in more squats than ever or injured because all of the sudden we jump into doing the stair climber for an hour. Stick to your mileage that is on your schedule and allow your body to do it’s thing in preparation for the race without all of the extra stressors.
I’ll wait to get back into hard core kick boxing training again until after the race;) PS the above class that I took in Thailand was probably one of the hardest workouts of my life.
Any of the above 8 things happen to you during taper time? Which ones? Any more to add to the list?
Current favorite cross-training workout?!
How do you keep track of your workouts? Online? A journal? Your phone? You don’t?
Favorite late night snack?
-Ice cream or popcorn.