Taper Check-In

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.
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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.

 

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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?).
giphy (8)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:
giphy (7)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…

6 thoughts on “Taper Check-In

  1. I’m tapering too and my marathon is Saturday. Loving the extra sleep too, and my friends at Grey’s Anatomy have been keeping me occupied! I also had a marathon dream but mines like this recurring running dream I have before almost every race. In it, I’m running but I feel like my legs won’t move! I forget, which marathon are you running?

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    1. Thank you! I think you will be calm. When it comes down to it, you can only choose a training plan you think is best for you and see what happens. What makes me the most nervous is heading into the unknown, but because of that I can’t really pick on what I think I could’ve or should’ve done differently. I feel like I am as prepared as I can be with not having done it before to grow from!

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  2. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    I remember my first marathon taper. I was so excited in the week leading up to it that I couldn’t think straight. I wasn’t really worried, I was just raring to go.

    The last 10K is the obvious one to look out for, but I would actually advise you to watch out for the middle teen miles as well. Miles 14-17ish were where I started getting fatigued during my last marathon (even though I started slow), and many other marathoners I know report the same thing. My theory is that this must be the point where the starting line adrenaline high starts to wear off – everything up to that point is easy street. Don’t be fooled by how easy the first miles feel. They WILL get harder, so stick to your easier-than-goal pace and keep it easy in the beginning, even if it feels slow. Your body will thank you later. My proudest moment of my last marathon was that mile 26 was my fastest mile. There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to gain steam in the last four miles of a marathon, and I couldn’t have done it without smart pacing in the beginning.

    You got this!!

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    1. A friend of mine had mentioned that she often hits her wall around 17-18 and told me to just keep pushing through because I will get a second wind. Now that you mention the adrenaline thing, this seems to make a lot of sense especially since the amount of runners and crowds usually drop off after mile 13 because the half marathoners are gone! I didn’t have a GPS watch for my first two half marathons and i think it fared me well, but I am definitely wearing mine for the marathon to ensure I don’t go out too fast. I do have a friend that is going to be running with me so that will help me pace slower in the beginning since he knows my race plan!

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