Another week of training down! I’m beginning to taper for the St. Louis Rock and Roll Marathon on 27 Oct. I’ve read a lot about different people’s experience on tapering. The common denominator seems to be the restlessness and anticipation before the race, i.e. sitting still and going on shorter runs to give your body a break. I’m going to go out on a limb here….I LOVE TAPER TIME!
Yeah, that’s right ~ I love me some taper….
I’ve been working hard and have a lot of mileage under my belt, so I welcome a little bit of lower intensity to focus on my body, eating properly and easing my mind about the race. The runs this week were normal and fairly uneventful. Had the pleasure of running with my friend Kathi this Saturday for the long run. Kathi is fast, but I enjoy the push.
The weather here in the Midwest is very unpredictable. Wanted to get out of the house at 7 am and received an update on my phone that lightning was within 5 nautical miles of the base. I look out the window and everything looks great. Eh, I’m going.
It’s a cool morning, slightly overcast and an easy run of 9 miles ahead of us. Kathi is so polite; she can tell when I need to slow down. She just finished a marathon the week before (her fourth) and was giving me some good advice. If you are running your first race, doesn’t matter the length, it’s always good to get advice from someone who has completed that length of a race. They will give you the true ups and downs of what’s going on and how they felt during the run and what to expect. Granted each race is a little different, but you get the picture. Nothing beats experience.
Out running on our main road the road kill is in full force. Sigh….running side-by-side I find myself dodging this and that. I’m beginning to think I’m running an obstacle race this morning. What is that? Kathi, “It’s weird how it gets so flat“. I’m just bracing for the stink! Me, “Is that seven or eight now?” We get to our turn around point and we see the weather off in the distance. Around mile 5.5 it starts pouring. You know when you’re with a good running buddy when you both start laughing. I love running in the rain. There’s something so freeing. It’s beyond the fact that you are getting soaked. You remember when you were young and it was raining outside? Your parents would yell at you to get into the house. You’re going to catch a cold! And you would run around in defiance! Hey, at least I did. Well, let me tell you, that feeling you had at five feels the same at forty-five. The way the drops hit your face. It was cool and warm at the same time. Lean your head back and watch those big drops fall down. We laughed all the way home. Being rained on…look at it as a blessing and character building and we Army folk like to say ~ good training!
Last week’s workout:
Mon ~ 4.7 miles
Tues ~ 1:15 yoga
Wed ~ 8 miles
Thurs ~ 5 miles
Fri ~ rest
Sat ~ 9.01
Sun ~ rest
Total miles for the week = 26.71 with 10,458.58 (rainy possibly) miles remaining. Happy miles to you!