Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tapering is for the dogs

This is what usually went on Sundays around long run time. Charging my music, G2 and Mike and Ikes. :) 

Can I just say how much I love the fact that Ava is doing the splits and Brandon is just sitting there like it's a normal day? Ava wrote down her goal of getting the splits last month and she got them! Girl inspires me to have goals and to write them down as well!! 

This was my last 12-miler before the race last weekend.
There were 18 mph winds and freezing cold and I had to run mid-day because we had church. 

Mid-way through my run I had to come in and change into tights as I couldn't feel my legs and they were bright red. Def. the hardest mental long run I have done. I did it by myself (yikes) and got lost, because what would a long run be without getting lost. However, I do have to say I was tearing a little at the end of the run. I had done something pretty hard and got to the start of the race injury free. 

Injury free people. 

I have missed two races due to injuries and that is just heartbreaking to have two training cycles interrupted by injuries. So although my pace was a lot slower and I wasn't miss speedy, I did the work and hopefully, it's paid off. : ) 

Long runs are always followed by an ice bath in our lake. I think it's one of the reasons I am able to walk a day after a run normally!! 

You know you have married the right guy, when you walk in the house and he has a fire and a frosty mug ready for a beer. This was the most delicious beer ever. :)

I have now decided tapering is not for me. The nervous excitement has me irritable and wiping out the kids candy reserves from trick r treating. 

The tapering memes below from RunSelfieRepeat so true. 

1. Energy

All the energy. Never in your life will you want to run 6 miles more than you will during a taper. “What do you mean I only have a 3 miler today!?!?! I’ll do 6, what’s the difference between 3 miles and 6 miles anyways?” Well for one there’s a 3 mile difference. I will say this to you in all seriousness, honor thy taper. Yes stopping yourself at 3 or 4 miles will be difficult but it’s necessary that you run only 3 or 4 miles when your plan calls for it! Let your body recover otherwise all this madness will be for nothing.

2. Nerves

Sitting around isn’t going to feel like it makes much sense. Neither does going from 40 miles a week down to 30 and then 20. How can you run a marathon by taking time off? You may find yourself doubting everything from your life choices to your shoe choices. “I didn’t do enough strength training! I need to get the gym ASAP.” No, no you don’t. Cool it. Trust your plan and trust your training. What’s done is done. “But I don’t like my marathon outfit, I need new everything.” No, no you don’t. What you have is awesome, don’t go buy new shoes. Go start watching Scandal and practice your marathon skills on a television set.

3. Anger

This was new for me, but similar to Runger I am finding myself incredibly hostile. I’m normally really upbeat and jolly but I will argue with anything and anyone right now. Take it easy on the sassy-ness. I would even suggest avoiding people or important decisions, ESPECIALLY loved ones/significant others. I argued with my sister over not wanting to make her birthday dinner reservation. Who does that? This monster did that. 
4. Starvation
I feel like a pregnant woman. I am always hungry. Thank god I am starting my carb load because I want to eat all the time. And there’s a difference between mindless eating and carb loading. I am a bottomless pit right now.

5. Antsy

I already have a really hard time sitting still but during this taper? FORGET ABOUT IT! I was leaping out of bed at 7am over the weekend and blowing up my friends’ phones. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?” “WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY?” “LET’S DO SOMETHING!” "WHY AREN'T YOU RESPONDING TO ME?" "I'M COMING OVER!" I have been walking EVERYWHERE because I can’t sit still. Saturday I convinced my sister to walk 5 miles from her apartment in midtown to our best friend’s apartment downtown because it was a rest day and I just needed to MOVE!

6. Irrational Decisions

I went to target for laundry detergent and spent over $70.00 on nonsense. I bought a piñata! I cannot rationally tell you why I bought anything I bought. My advice is to not leave the house with credit cards and avoid online shopping at all costs. There are no rational choices, explanations or answers during a taper.

7. An Overwhelming Desire to Be Competitive

I wish I could describe this one but honestly the more I try the more insane I sound. I am competing with strangers to do things that are not even competition. From walking up the stairs of a subway platform first to pressing an elevator button first, you name it, I’m going to try to win. As if New York weren’t crazy enough now normal people have to worry about me competing against them while they do mundane things.
So that’s what you have to look forward to. WHO WANTS TO RUN A MARATHON? But the taper is only 3 weeks. 2 weeks really, the first is basically a taper wink. Just keep telling yourself it’s only 3 weeks, it’s only 3 weeks, it’s only 3 weeks. And if you can beat the taper, you have nothing to worry about. The best way to make it out alive is to stay busy, eat, stay calm, count to 10 when you are feeling hostile and sassy, and just try not to lose it. Go clean out your closet or garage, spend time with all the people you’ve neglected, walk the dog a couple times, go out to eat, binge watch a new TV show, go see a movie or some live theatre, read a book, go on an adventure, or sleep! Do anything that will take your mind off the fact that you aren’t running.

I need my friend Jess who is coming down to run the race with me to slap my face and tell me to get it together. :)  Post race we are excited because we have reservations for Graffito on Saturday to celebrate. Anyone else racing this weekend? 

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