Ahhhhhh it is upon me!!!! Marathon weekend is about to start. I can not even believe that 18 weeks
of training are under my belt. It honestly feels like I just started and yet I am no where near ready. Que: Taper Crazies.
Tapering is this funny funny thing. I never understood it completely until right this week. The last weeks of training, I was tired, I was ready for a break and I was feeling run down. HA! This week I am ready to go, I want to run, I feel like I should be out there running and yet I am not. Mind games are continuing and doubt is setting in. Tapering may actually just be harder than the actual running!!!
Here are five ways to keep the tapering crazies at bay:
1) Clean. Yep clean your house. My house is normally a crazy loved lived in cozy mess. Kids art work is everywhere, shoes are strewn, toys and forts and "doctor office" stations are stepped around
and lovingly turned into whatever else the imagination needs at the moment. During training however, well that coordinated chaos turned into a disaster zone. Laundry piled up, dishes are stacked up, beds are unmade and floors are pretty sticky in spots (pretty sure someone snuck juice in a room where it isn't allowed...) I spent yesterday, organizing everything. rearranging furniture, folding laundry and washing floors. I was done by 1 o'clock and still itching to run BUT I put the laundry away instead.
2) Play. All the weeks I have had to arrange schedules and fit in runs whenever I could are no more. This week we have had park trips and picnics at random times. We have had "paint nights" in with the music blaring and the paint flying everywhere and a little on the canvas. Dance parties and bike rides. It is almost like I am a kid again and the kids and I are enjoying it. The forced time away from running is like a welcome playtime oasis. We even managed a fantastic dinner picnic on the beach this week. To soak up the sand and waves and to see the kids just carefree running between tide pools was exactly what I needed to fill my heart with love.
3) Weather Stalk. Oh boy, this in itself can drive you crazy but it's like a bad movie you watch it anyway. So far I have seen the weather go from my perfect conditions (50's with a 30% chance of rain) to pretty much hell. Literally, the temps are forecasted to reach near 90 Sunday. I am not accustomed to that type of heat yet. I trained in the dead of winter. A winter that didn't seem to want to end. I ran in blizzards and through snow that was taller than me. The summer is welcomed yes, but it is definitely going to make me work to finish that race. Although, this is Maine. Even the forecasted weather that morning will probably change yet again. Hopefully, to cool with some rain ;)
4) Plan. I have lists of lists that I need to make. I am taking the time to plan what to wear, what to eat, what to bring, You name it and I have a list for it. Because there is no parking at the start, my husband and the kids are dropping me off. Not only do I have to plan for me and pack and organize
my things but I need to do it for three kids and a hubby too. They will need breakfast to go, snacks, lunch, toys, extra clothes, diapers, breast milk, sunscreen and strollers. All of this planning has me running errands and staying busy. A wicked good distraction to the not running thing this week. Even my lists have lists who have lists.
5) Take it all in. Lastly, just be. Take it all in. All of your training, all of your thoughts. All of the support from your supporters. The notes, the quotes and the words of encouragement. Just let it all soak in and store it away. Believe, their words and notes. You are trained for this, you have this and
it is going to be life changing. Let those in who are cheering for you. Let them offer you little pick me ups that you will store close to the heart and pull them out when you need them the most. For as in the words of the amazing Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes: What will be, will be.
Thank you to all of you who have supported me, helped me train, ran with me, texted me with encouragement when you knew I was out. Who left me notes and quotes. Who have paved the way and inspired to me to test my limits in the first place. This run I am doing for me but it is because of all of you that read this blog that I am finding the courage in myself to try for dreams.
A special huge thank you for this trifecta of amazing and inspiring runners and bloggers who took the time to read and comment on each weeks training journey post. Thank you ladies for being such wonderful blog readers!!!!
Sue: This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Wendy: Taking the Long Way Home
Michelle: Movin It With Michelle