Taper Time!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to report the Dallas Marathon is in less than two weeks! In the past four months, I had my first forty mile week ever and several weeks later, I ran over fifty. I have completed workouts with distance and pace that left me feeling strong. When I completed my longest run (22 miles), I was confident in my ability to cover 26.2 miles. Then last week, I began the first week of my taper, and all my confidence started unraveling.

This morning when I stepped on the scale, my weight was up and my energy level was down. The latter part of last week was rough on me. Some of it may be due to being overly thankful for the food on Thursday. It also didn’t help matters that I had an upset stomach for two days over the weekend. I covered my long run on a windy day, and on the speedwork day, I couldn’t quite nail my 10k pace. Due to my schedule this week, a four-mile run on the treadmill didn’t help my mood much.

It may be a combination of busyness and training fatigue, but when I looked at this week’s schedule (and saw the missing nine and ten-milers), I breathed a sigh of relief. I am ready to taper. My house is cluttered, my cooking lacks effort, and my time spent writing lately is pathetic.

I know I need to focus on the successful training runs I had in the weeks prior to tapering. Instead of worrying about my weight, I should imagine the extra muscle powering my legs through the marathon (even though I’m tired of hearing, “It’s just muscle.”) I will also continue to be thankful that I had an extra week after Thanksgiving to burn off some apple pie.

Now, is it too early to start obsessing over the forecast?

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