Oh hey, it’s me, the woman tapering for her first marathon. I thought I’d check in and let you all know how my taper is going mostly because I have the time and energy to do so, not because anything interesting is happening. The fun kids at Parks & Rec are going to help me out with this one.
The number one thing I am loving about this week of taper is more sleep. This Friday morning I only have to run 3 miles which means I will get to sleep in over an hour later than I had been on Friday morning. I’ve still been going to bed by 8-8:30 to stay in that routine and I’ve been sleeping very soundly. I did have my first marathon dream last night and it wasn’t a disaster, so that’s comforting.
I’ve also been eating like a champ. I thought my appetite would drop back down to it’s bird-like ways, but my friend Nicole assured me that won’t happen until at least a week after the marathon. So I sit at my desk eating my morning snack, cheering when it’s lunch time, eating my afternoon snack, and being happy to go home for dinner when the work day is over.
The race-day anxiety isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I’m starting to get excited, too. My nerves for race day don’t seem to be any worse than they’d be if I were back to running higher mileage this week. I think my levels are pretty normal for heading into my first marathon ever. I’m most nervous about the second half of the race and obviously the last 10K. I know it’s going to be tough both physically and mentally. I’ve run the last 13 miles of the course twice and the last 10K three times. I’ve mentioned it before, but I am really glad I did this. It’s putting my mind at ease to at least know where I will be and where I will be going. But I’m still nervous of dying (not really dying, it’s a hyperbole ok?).
Mostly right now I am feeling excited. I’m looking forward to getting my race email next week with my bib number and other info. This week has been dragging and I am happy I have next Friday off so I will only have to make it through four days before the weekend arrives. I think I’ve made a final decision on my outfit and my shoes for race day and I’ve freshened up my playlist.
My friend Brittany reminded me that it may be tough, but once it’s over I’ll feel like this:
I laughed out loud when she texted me that. I’m grateful to have such supportive friends (both runners and non-runners) to keep my spirits up heading into race day. So with 11 days to go, I’ll taper on and on…