Last we chatted I ran 22 miles, bought a house, and was getting super pumped up for race day.
I was also overwhelmed. Big time.
Not much has changed, except now I am officially in Taper Time.
How I envisioned Taper to be:
- Lots of rest
- Plenty of healthy, homemade meals
- Easy, low-milage runs
- Feeling bored and restless due to the fact that I would not be putting in as many miles
- Time to plan race day details like what I will wear and what my fuel will be
- Time to reflect on this training season and the type of race I want to run
- Blogging tons about every emotion I will be going thru in anticipation of my very first marathon
- Relaxing before the physical demand of running 26.2 miles
The reality of Taper:
Tearing up carpet and approximately 680 nails from the floor where the carpet was tacked down, refinishing wood floors, cleaning out my new fireplace, painting the fireplace, cleaning a chandelier (with a million crystals! so time-consuming for a light fixture that will soon be replaced!), painting my new livingroom, scrubbing three bedrooms from ceiling to floor (including four closest), and power cleaning the kitchen including all of the appliances and every drawer and cabinet…..A shit-ton of home projects
- Forgetting to eat and when I do remember it is always take-out because I am a gypsy at this point in the move…dishes and pans are packed away. Blah.
- Running off of little sleep. Rest? What’s that?!
- No time to blow dry my hair or call my mother no less blog, reflect, or plan about my upcoming marathon.
- Running around like a chicken with my head cut off and a to-do list eight pages long
Moral of the story: things never go as planned. I had no idea that one big life event (buying my first home) would overlap with another big event (my first marathon).
Buying your first home is very exciting, but also very exhausting. Especially when you buy a home that needs lots and lots of updates and you happen to schedule your big move seven days before THE RACE that you have been training five months for.
Needless to say, I did not picture my taper time to be so busy. I barely even notice the fact that I am not running so much because I am up to my ears in home projects. In fact I am having a hard time finding time to squeeze in my last few training runs!
By the time I set out for my eleven mile run on Tuesday (my last ‘long’ run until race day!) my achilles tendon was screaming in pain. I think due to all of the home projects (the majority of which I was crouched on the floor to do) my body was rebelling. Panicked that I had made it thru five months of training only to feel major pain now, I put on my proactive game face: advil to keep the swelling down, compression socks, elevation, and rest. Today I am feeling much better, but it was a wake-up call that I need to take better care of myself before the race. Noted.
With the big moving day this Saturday, I have lots and lots of stuff to do. If I think about it too hard I will have a panic attack, so I don’t. I am just trying to cross as much off of my to do list as possible in the given day, focus on this move, get settled in as quickly as possible, and then switch gears to MARATHON DAY!
It’s 10 days away! I have plenty to keep me occupied so I am sure that these 10 days will fly by. In the meantime I plan on drinking plenty of water (operation hydration is in full effect!), rest as much as possible, remember to eat and as healthy as possible, and try to take a few minutes here and there to embrace this busy, yet exciting time.
I almost feel like I am being cheated out of the tapering process because life has been so crazy! So tell me, what is your favorite part about taper and your least favorite part?