Tapering is nerve-wracking!

Hello! I am still alive. To tell you the truth, I’ve had to take a little space from running during this tapering time. I put my Runner’s World away, took a little vacation from the blog reading, even held off on the last two chapters of my marathon training guide. Reading about running while not running very much was making me crazy! I am on my final days of tapering, slowly developing a cold (thanks to the start of the school year), hoping it passes quickly, and hydrating like a camel in an oasis. I vacillate between excitement and HOLY SHIT, what am I doing????

My clothes are all laundered and folded in my drawer, waiting for marathon morning.

The GU is purchased. A new Body Glide is ready to be opened.

Rain is predicted for race day. This is a little sad, but I guess I survived a 20 mile run during a downpour, so hopefully this won’t be much worse.

Toenails cut.

Now if this sore throat would just go away, I would feel a little better. The impending threat of a cold is really bugging me. I ran See Jane Run sick last July and decided I am not up for ever doing that again…

Argh, tapering is so difficult and stressful! I ran a 15K the Saturday before last and it did not go well. But then I ran 5 miles the next day and it went a bit better. Two days ago, I went for a trail run and it was really lovely. I was feeling good. I just really hope race day is a good running day.

All right… enough of this worrying. Sunday will be, as my race day running buddy is describing it, the crowning athletic experience of our lives. Or as I prefer to envision it: a 6 mile warmup followed by a 20 mile long run.

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In other news, with temperatures in the 50’s, it’s officially sweater weather in Washington.

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8 thoughts on “Tapering is nerve-wracking!

  1. Ugh. Our household is also fighting the cold, which is definitely annoying, though predictable. I’ve decided I won’t run the half sick, but I’ve been super excited about it so I’m hoping I can keep Henry’s snot under control and be all good for Sunday.

    Can’t really imagine having 26.2 miles coming up, but I know you’ll do great! You’re strong and ready– hopefully your immune system gets the memo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi, I have been following your blog off-and-on over the last several months and just wanted to wish you the best for Sunday. As someone who is hoping to move back to Washington (preferably to Bellingham) and who is planning to run his first marathon in 2014, it has been really cool to follow your progress. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Great to hear. ๐Ÿ™‚ *scurries off to read your recap* Cool. I am tentatively planning to follow in your footsteps a year from now as I know I want my first marathon to either be this one or the 2014 Seattle Marathon in late November of that year.

        “If you ever wonder about running a marathon, stop wonderingโ€ฆ make it happen. Trust me, if I can do it, you most certainly can.” Great point. I have run for many years and have played around with the idea of running a marathon the last few years, and I just need to go and get it done. My plan is to run my first half marathon either in Seattle or the Hoover Dam Half Marathon down here in Vegas in December and then running a few more half marathons before diving into marathon training around Memorial Day if I do plan to make the Bellingham Bay Marathon my first.

        Congrats on your race and everything that went into it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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