Boston Marathon Training Monday #24: Tapering Blues

Me and Coach Furey before our final team run! I look half asleep because I was!!

Hi Friends:)

So this past week finally felt like I was really tapering, and I already feel like I must be doing something wrong.

Like, for real. How is it that you spend 6 months running and strengthening and pushing yourself… then for 15 days before a race you just like, lay around and occasionally casually jog? How is this a thing?

I never really managed to plan well enough to take a real taper before most of my previous races. And all this cutting back on milage is going to my head.

Plus, my IT bands have been sore this week. I treated myself to a sports massage on Thursday and a full rest day on Sunday to get it feeling better, which worked. But all in all, I was hoping I’d be feeling a little more confident going into race week.

Here’s how training went this week, anyhow.

  • Monday: 3 miles
  • Tuesday: 30 minutes swimming
  • Wednesday: 45 minute spin class + 30 minutes of ellyptical (my IT band was super sore this day)
  • Thursday: 3 miles super easy
  • Friday: 45 minute spin class
  • Saturday:  8 mile long run @ 9:45 pace
  • Sunday: 40 minute walk
    • Total Weekly Mileage: 14 miles

So, I’ve got the Tapering Blues. And it doesn’t help that literally my entire hometown is gearing up for the Boston Marathon right now. There’s nowhere I can go to escape the madness. I live within the madness. I go to take a casual walk downtown and try on a new pair of sneakers and I am greeted with this massive countdown clock, for example…

My family and friends are all reaching out to wish me luck. I’m trying to coordinate who is going to be cheering where and bringing what to the finish. I’m still gathering my last few donations, too.

On Saturday my charity team’s coach gives us our final pre-run talking-to and hi-lighted how there’s no “cold rain or wind” in the forecast for next Monday…

BUT THERE TOTALLY IS JOKES JOKES JOKES!! I have no idea what forecast he is looking at.

The weather is looking like it might be totally terrible on Marathon Monday. Then again, it could shift; we’re still a little far out in new-england weather terms. I am really, really hoping for a shift. Because this….

Looks terrible.

I have run all of the other BAA races, and I have run all of them in terrible conditions. My BAA 5k was in freezing weather 2 years ago, my BAA 10k was 90 degrees, and my BAA Half was in the pouring rain and 45 degree temps. I should have known my marathon had the potential to be NUTS.

I’ve read every article ever written about running a marathon in the rain. I have also been sending all the prayers I can up to the weather gods to maybe shift that storm a little forward so we get the sunny, 50 degree weather forecasted for Tuesday on marathon day. That would be THE DREAM.

Now I am just word vomiting about the weather.

IT’S THE TAPER, GUYS. IT’S THE TAPER TALKING!

Basically, what I am saying is: I already miss running and cannot wait for race day. I’m gonna run off all this crazy, rain or shine. Then I’m gonna eat all the gluten free goodies I can get my hands on.

I’ll be back on WEDNESDAY with my race-week plan:)

Now You Tell Me…

  • TIPS for running long distances in the rain?
  • How do you taper before races? Do you do no exercise all together, or just less running? 
  • SONG RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RACE DAY?

1 thought on “Boston Marathon Training Monday #24: Tapering Blues

  1. Running long distances in the rain is not fun. The forecast is currently calling for rain in here in New Jersey for Sunday which is when I have my half marathon 🙁

    Sending good thoughts that the weather clears up for both our races Kerri!

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