Taper week: the best part of any training plan

Last weekend Sharon and I ran our final long run before the half-marathon. We’ve reached the stage in training where any run that’s not double digits doesn’t seem like a long run at all. It’s kind of crazy to look back at our training and think about our first 8-mile run, which seemed so LONG. Then, last weekend, when we finished our 9-mile run it seemed like we’d just gotten started.

Now I’m in the middle of a taper, which I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. These five months of hard training and passing on dessert have left me…tired.

Two weekends ago we ran our hilly route again, and we saw a woman pushing her 4ish-year old daughter in a jogging stroller up the same hill we were running down. And they were both smiling. That little moment has inspired me to stop whining so much.

That said…

The race is in just a few days, and to be honest: I’m dreading it in a real way…and I can’t even really articulate why. It’s weird because our training has gone really well. I’m not dealing with any aches and pains or injuries, and we’ve been able to hit all our time and distance goals so far. Even though training is going well, I have a hard time translating that to the race. It seems like all the training pieces are in place. I feel good about my endurance, strength, speed…the only thing I lack is confidence.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve raced this distance before and I remember what mile 10 felt like last time. Or maybe it’s because I’d like to PR, and any time you toe the line with a time goal you know you’re going to have to run with some guts. That’s something I’ve never been very good at.

But, then again, I’ve been nervous about this race since I decided to run.

Sharon and I would both like to PR, but we also just really want to enjoy the race. While we’ve been training, Sharon has raised a bunch of money to help orphans. That alone makes the race effort worth it. Which means we have nothing left to do but rest, hydrate, and enjoy the 13.1 miles.

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  1. Meredith White November 8, 2012

    Dear fellow runner-mom – I know you’ll do awesome. Why? Because you have a KID and you TRAINED FOR A RACE that is a substantial distance. I say you’ve already won in my book. (plus you’ve been passing on the dessert?? I take training as an invitation to do double-dessert… hmm) It’s so much different now than when we were "just runners." Training now depends on a whole other (illogical) little person whose needs come first, meaning turning back if they’re just not feeling it that day and scrapping that supposed-to-be-great run. The fact that you’ve done multiple long runs, are hitting your target pace, and are injury-free = every reason in the world for HUGE confidence. I’m also super pumped about seeing Addie along the race course and at the finish line, so I bet David will be a big motivating cheerleader, too! (and for the record, I’m nervous too… mostly because I DON’t think I’ll PR, I haven’t trained for that, but I fear I’ll be disappointed when I don’t. silly.)

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