Checking in to let you know I survived week 1 of taper for Wineglass :) It was touch and go there for a while but I made it! No matter how many big races I do, nothing can prep you for what taper brings.
Monday: 47 minutes spinning, 23 minutes elliptical
Tuesday: 6 mile Treadmill progression run
Wednesday: 6.8 miles total (with 8x800m Yassos)
Thursday: 4 Easy miles with my Sister
Saturday: 10 easy miles
Sunday: Rest (AKA Climbing stadium steps and cheering for the Bills)
Total Running Miles: 26.8 miles
Total Cross Training Time: 70 minutes
|After my last double digit run, stretching and enjoying the morning|
Taking-time-for-myself kind of schedule
(Lauren did a great post this week titled "Work but don't forget to live", definitely something I thought about as I was destressing and taking me time this week)
Monday: Solid 15-20 minutes of stretching before bed
Tuesday: 55 minute massage
Wednesday: Slept in about 30 minutes extra just laying in bed relaxing.
Thursday: Spent time with my sister and nephew
Friday: Mental massage aka Therapy
Saturday: Day & night date with my man
Sunday: Beer. Football and family time!
This week a big focus for me was taking extra time to give my mind and body some TLC. Stretching, rolling, taking time for myself, watching my intake, all of it. Yes I try and do these things in general but I will be the first to admit I am not normally good about stretching/rolling on a regular basis.
I have had good success with getting a massage about 2 weeks out from the big day, helps loosen things up and release the tension that training (and life) can place on your body. I have also found that a good session with my therapist about a week before makes a big difference as well. Using emotional stress can be a good way to fuel a run/race but going in with a clear head is incredibly important. Being able to push in those last few miles can be much easier when you know exactly where to dig to find the motivation you need.
This week definitely had some ups and downs, with a kick ass track workout that left me feeling more confident- down to some emotional stressful times as well. It happens.
Now it is officially less than a week until race day. I.E. excessive weather checking, chatting it up with Mcmillan, packing lists, play lists, basically everything you can do obsessively I will be doing that.
Definitely ended the week on a better note, the weekend ended up being just what this girl needed. Saturday morning did my last double digit run, by running out to a race that John was going to be running. I made it in time to run his warm up with him (I obviously left house way earlier as I was running there and he was driving), and was able to be there cheering as he ran a 21 minute 5k [so much for his 2 knee surgeries already this year!]. Being able to be there and cheer for him definitely made me happy. We got to spend the rest of the day and night together as well, some time with his family and then date of us
Sunday was spent doing the ultimate taper exercise....going to the Buffalo Bills game at Ralph Wilson Stadium- I already have a post written for you on why this is the best way to taper. Be prepared, it's a good one. Basically I spent a lot of time this weekend doing things to distract me, and help me NOT think about running- sometimes that's exactly what you need to do.
Anyone else go to a football game this weekend?
1 week until your big race- what are you obsessively doing?