Dude…I cannot believe my marathon is only 10 days away. That’s craziness.
I finished up my last long run last weekend, a 12 miler at a pace of 8.57. There’s not much to say about this run except I started out too fast and lost a little steam at the end. What can I say, I was feeling really good and I just decided to cruise. I know better then to start out too fast, so shame on me. I mentioned this to my coach and the next day there was attachment on “Pacing in Endurance Sports” included in our Weekly Update. Hmmm. Ok, it was a good read and I really need to perfect the art of pacing.
Here's me before my 12 miler.
View of the mountains from my run
Mountains from the trail
I have my last longer run on Friday of 8 miles, so I am well on my way into my taper. Yesterday at work I was filled with so much nervous energy I thought I was going to wear a hole in the carpet from pacing around so much. I also may or may not have been told that I’m a little on the “bitchy” side. Someone gave me an article recently titled “Taper Madness”. It was a comical article about what marathoners feel like when they go through a taper. One statement stood out: “The Tapering Marathoner will be irritable, anxious, nervous, overly emotional, short-tempered, restless, tired, cranky, depressed (even more than normal). Sounds like a great three weeks doesn’t it? It is not unlike the addict going cold turkey. This is a span of time where most Marathoners go a bit crazy.”
So basically a tapering marathoner could be compared to a woman in PMS. So a few things that you need to know:
1.) Do not give me a gun
2.) I should not be around small children or stupid people during this time.
3.) If I bite your head off, it’s not me, it’s the taper.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!