Taper Tapper Tipper Tooper

Oh, hello there! It’s been a couple weeks, how’ve you been? I’m a little behind on blogging, so I have a special treat for you…I’m going to blog every day this week! That should get me back on track. 😉


 

You could probably have guessed from the post title: I’m tapering.

Hold on, let’s try that again with some enthusiasm:

I’m tapering! Because I’m running a MARATHON!….THIS WEEK! 

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at mile 18 we run by MILES pond…haha…LOVE IT!

Holy cow! It’s this week! When did that happen? Last year at this time, it felt like every thought I thought of every minute of every day was about my upcoming marathon, but this year it’s a different story. I keep forgetting exactly how soon the marathon is, and I’ve been easily distracted by other things. I think it’s because last year was my big redo of the distance, I was very excited to run that particular race: Niagara Falls Marathon, and I was also looking forward to my trip back to my hometown.

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End of last year’s race!

While I still have nerves this year (I’m Amy, when am I not nervous?), and I’m looking forward to seeing Cape Cod for the first time, I’m not as psyched up for the actual race. Last year, I really wanted to run a marathon. This year, I really wanted to train for a marathon. The race part is a bit secondary.

I’m a weirdo, aren’t I? Who signs up for a marathon because they want to train? I’m sure there are other people, right? Probably some of you even.

Anyways, training is over, and I’ve been tapering for a while. I was feeling a bit burned out (mentally) on running, so after my last long run, I took 5 days off in a row. FYI, this is NOT the right way to taper. After that break, I started tapering for real and I now only have 5 days (not counting today) until the race!

I’ve come up with a list of things to do during my last week of the taper-

  • Stretch
  • Use the foam roller
  • Use the tiger tail…(or ask real nice so Jeff will roll out my legs w/ the tiger tail)
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Hydrate
  • Try not to eat too badly
  • Run EASY…save all the fast running for Sunday

Sound good? I think I have everything covered. (Aside from getting my stuff together, and checking out the course map and profile again, thinking about race goals and paces, etc…you know, all those little things.)

So, friends…what have you been up to? How does my taper list look to you? Are you ready for a full week of blogging?