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The Taper Post

Tomorrow morning is my last long run until the marathon. My group and I are doing 8-10 miles and I could not be looking forward to it more. My GOD, I just want to move. This taper shit has got to go.

I received an email from our training group that had this gem in it:

Remember to taper cross-training activities as well. Drop the weight training and any other aerobic cross-training, like spinning, stair master, etc. You can continue with stretching classes, Yoga, or Pilates but be VERY conservative.

Nice. So I can’t do weight training or Crossfit. But I get the go-ahead on the two things I hate the most.

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I wrote some things I learned about marathon training awhile back and now I thought I’d write the things I’ve learned about taper.

1.  Tapering makes me feel fat.

I’m not saying I am fat, but let’s face it. I’ve gained weight during marathon training. Five years ago, I lost 25lbs and now I’ve gained 15lbs back. Not all of that is from training and I know it’s my fault but tapering really puts a new spin on making you feel like shit. Usually I can go for an hour run or do some Crossfit and I’ll start feeling pretty good again. Now I can’t do that. I’m not fishing for compliments here and don’t want them, I’m just stating a fact: I’m heavier, I can see it in the mirror, I can feel it in my tight pants, I can feel it in my running speed, and it really effects how I feel about myself. During taper, I can’t do much about it.

2.  Tapering makes me feel lazy.

You know what I do when I can’t keep my normal workout schedule? I sit on the couch, do nothing, get depressed, and eat. This is directly related to #1 of course. I want to work out but I don’t want to screw with the training plan when I’ve never run a marathon before. Some people love the laziness of taper, some people don’t need to taper at all, and some people think full marathons are for crazy people but I’m learning what works for me as I go. I really want to make Savannah a great experience and I don’t want to do anything that might ruin that. At least I know someone else is going crazy with me.

3.  Tapering makes me feel weaker.

Not only do I feel like I’m losing muscle because I’m not strength training as much, I feel like I’m losing my running ability from not running as much. I realize taper should have the opposite effect, but I worry about losing what I took so long to built up come race day.

So there you have it. Yeah, I’m freaking out a little bit. Maybe I’ve shed a couple crazy-lady tears. But I really am looking forward to Savannah. More than that, I’m looking forward to running shorter distances at faster paces and getting my half-marathon on again afterwards. And last but not least, I can’t wait to plow into some strength training and get my muscles back.

One more week till Savannah!

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Tired Legs

I woke up yesterday morning at 5am to do my speed run at the gym. I think the squats and lunges that I did in martial arts fitness class on Monday, the speed run on Tuesday, and general squating down to clean the bunny’s litter box told me that my legs are freaking tired. So, I guess even though I don’t feel any pain from the 24 miles on Saturday, I’m still pooped out.

The email from my training group said to do 4 – 8 x 800 at 10k pace. Since I’m in taper, we were directed to do two less 800’s than we normally do. I usually do 6, so 4 it was.

Mile Pace Incline
1 10:00 0.5
800 (1/2 mile) 8:49 1.0
200 Walking 1.0
Repeat 4x    

Total miles: 3

Don’t ask me what my 10k pace is because I have no clue. I know I can’t run a 10k at an 8:49 pace but that’s what I did for this run anyway. It was hard to not do that last mile, especially since I had some extra time before I had to leave the gym. My legs were tired but I wasn’t dying by any means, but I left anyway and cut my run down by a mile. Taper already sucks.

I got a little somethin’-somethin’ in the mail the other day. I won a Bic Band from this little cutie’s blog.


I tried to get the top of my head in that last shot but I can only take so many pictures of myself at work before the dude behind me starts to notice. So I gave up.

Do you wear a Bic Band or Sweaty Band? I have to say, the Bic Band is super cute but I have to keep adjusting it. No way this would stay in my hair during a race. Sweaty Bands don’t stay in either. I swear my head is a sling-shot for any headband. They are still cute for wearing out, but I just can’t work out in them. Thanks for the Bic Band, Kathleen!

What’s the most important thing you would recommend someone do during taper who’s never done it before? (i.e. Tell me what to do.)

P.S. For anyone who cares, the American Horror Story recap might be a day late this week since I have plans Thursday night that do not involve hydrating properly.

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