marathon training: week 14

Is this real life?


Peak training is finally over, and now it’s time to taper. I know a lot of people tend to go “crazy” during taper-time, but  let’s be honest: I can’t freakin wait. This past week I was undeniably tired – my body simply needs rest if it’s going to be able to run REAL fast at Eugene. (And after all this…I better.) Here’s the quick recap of my last highish mileage week that had a litttttle cutback:

Monday: Yoga

Tuesday: 5 miles, strides 
Wednesday: 7 miles
Thursday: 10 miles, strength
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 13 miles (5 at MGP)
Sunday: 5 miles, strength
week total= 40 miles


My last long run was definitely bittersweet. I thought back to how so many of my Friday nights were “do laundry, drink a ton of water, get to bed early” so I could wake up and run upwards of 21 miles and proceed to shower, eat, sleep, repeat (minus showering) for the rest of the weekend. I did that for 13 weeks. Crazy town.

I wanted to go 15 or 16 miles on Saturday, but I felt like I was running mile 23 of a marathon the whole time. My legs felt like dead weights, so once I hit 13 miles I told myself to end it early. My body was telling me it’s time to taper.

Which leads me back to…TAPERING. This is what I’m really going to focus on:

Sleep. I don’t sleep enough. It’s bad. So I’m going to try my hardest to get 8 hours a night. In bed by 11, no computer or phone.

Drink. Nuun and water all day ere’day.

Eat Well. I eat pretty well, but I’m really going to focus on only eating what’ll fuel my body and make me feel good. I’m also looking forward to eating less (aka, like a normal person) since my insatiable hunger is (hopefully) a thing of the past.

No (or little…) alcohol. I’ve barely had any alcohol these past four months (who am I?), yet this past week, I’m preeeettty sure I drank every night. It finally felt like spring, it was my bday week, and I missed my friends. Naturally, my tolerance level no longer really exists, so I gotta stay away from the booze if I want to be a functioning human being for these next two weeks. Then after the race I can build that tolerance back up and become a quasi-alcoholic.

Foam roll. Hurts so good. Must foam roll to make these legs feel like normal.

Yoga. This is mainly to keep my head sane as the countdown continues.

Get super pumped! Time to get excited!! Read running blogs. And books. Stream the Boston Marathon. And think of race-day scenarios and strategies and all the wonderful people I’ll be seeing so soon. AHHHHH IT’S SO CLOSE!

About Laura

marketing director at Possible. formerly at Greatist. Still running, finding zen, and searching for the perfect bloody mary.

Posted on April 14, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Def stream Boston! There is nothing more motivating than watching the Boston Marathon! I love that race.

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