Taper time!

Taper time! After completing 15 marathons, I've become pretty good at tapering.  Things I know I need to do (or not do) during taper: Get lots of rest. Not second guess my training. It's done. It can't be changed. So there is absolutely NO benefit to second guessing whether I should have added another run …

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Taper = Training

Taper is hard work. It's HARD to relax, sleep in on a Saturday and only run for 90 minutes.  Seriously.  I feel more at ease when I'm going, going, going.  When I'm sitting around - relaxing - I feel guilty and lazy.  Call me Type A. So this past week - when my total mileage …

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Tick Tock, Tick Tock

Today was a very productive day at work.  I spent the entire day finalizing my Chicago Marathon packing list and fantasizing about crossing the finish line with a big fat PR doing lots of important lawyer stuff. Anyone else find it impossible to concentrate during the final days of taper?!?  Tick tock, tick tock.  Only 1 …

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Chicago Marathon Training, Week #14 recap

Chicago Marathon Training, Week 14 recap Miles run: 44.5 Pilates: 3 times Core: 3 times The details: M: 7 miles (8:03 w/ 4 miles faster 7:46, 7:33, 7:24, 7:19) T: 8 miles (8:42) W: rest Th: 8 miles (w/ 10 x 400m intervals) F: 5.5 miles (8:42); pilates Sa: 16 miles (8:18) Su: pilates 13 …

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The Thing That Sucks About Taper . . .

is that sometimes a person really NEEDS to run - because life is complicated and sometimes nothing helps more than a good cry while running really hard and really fast.  But I already ran 8 miles (with 10 x 400m fast repeats) this morning.  So I'll resist.  

Taper Time!

I'm trying to look at taper differently this time around.  Instead of being irritated that I have to take days off of running, I'm trying to think of my days off as training.  Because, really, the taper is so important - to allow the body to recover from all the hard training and to ready …

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