Friday, November 29, 2013

Proper Taper Technique: Thanksgiving Style

Back before Wineglass Marathon I did a post about going to an NFL game during taper. Now training for CIM, Thanksgiving happened to fall during taper- so much winning to be had.

This year wasn't a traditional Thanksgiving for me, John and I made the executive decision Wednesday night that we were going to cancel our travel plans. 15+ hours in a car over 2 days didn't sound appealing, and that is if the weather is good. So this meant last minute meal planning and things like that, but it worked out to be a very productive and happy Thanksgiving for the 2 of us at home.

Anyways-- I was really excited a few weeks ago when I realized that Thanksgiving fell during taper time for CIM, here's a few reasons why it's awesome.

1. All.The.Food- I mean, seriously. If you want to drool a little(okay, a lot) do an Instagram search for #thanksgiving, believe me--amazing looking food.

2. Time with loved ones- this always helps keep your mood up when your taper emotions are running high.

3. The liquid carbs, maybe not the same liquid carbs as an NFL game, but come on. Beer, wine, whatever- it's all the same right?

4. Football- Thanksgiving is also a football day, see said NFL post for many of the reasons why football can be great taper time(even if you are only watching it on TV).

5. Blame it on the Turkey. We get tired and lazy during taper without all those endorphins from running- instead of blaming it on the taper (and then your friends and family roll their eyes at you) just blame it on the Turkey and the tryptophan.

6. Birds of a feather. Everyone else sits around and relaxes after dinner so you blend right in. So long as you remember to hide your compression sleeves under your pants.

7. Did I mention that food? Consider it pre-carb-loading depending on when the race is. The timing was damn near perfect for me. Load up now before carb-depleting early next week and then re-loading before the race.

8. Since you pretty much spend the day eating all day, it's good endurance and pacing training. You remind yourself not to start off too fast or you'll fade later (and miss the pies and desserts). So may not be negative split running but in your head it can be (and in your belly).

9. It's a distraction. For the days leading up to Thanksgiving, all you are thinking about is what you need to make, what you are going to eat, where you need to travel to, perhaps what you wanna buy on black Friday(not me thanks). With your mind on all that, it's really easy to not dwell on the fact that you are tapering to run a marathon soon.

10. Never underestimate the power of gratitude. You should try and be thankful each and every day for the blessings in your life, but especially on Thanksgiving. Spending time appreciating all that you have (instead of focusing on what you don't have, or things that could be different) will really help you get into the mindset you need before the big day (marathon day). We are blessed with the gift to run, the ability to put one foot in front of the other, the power and strength it takes to push our limits and reach for our goals and dreams- never forget that.


  1. I am glad you had a good time despite everything at your house. It sounds like a great and relaxing time for you and John. I can understand now fully about needing distractions before the marathon. Since I was at home doing absolutely nothing all I could think about before hand was the marathon. UGH.

  2. I love this list :). I can definitely see where Thanksgiving is good for taper and even for training. I have some friends doing a 20 miler on Saturday. Well, typically you want to have your bigger meals 2 days before instead of the night before, so Thanksgiving dinner for the carbed up running win!

    I'm glad you and John decided to stay in and have a low key Thanksgiving. That's a LOT of travel time and the traffic is so crazy this time of year (I think more people travel for Thanksgiving than Christmas). Glad you had some tasty food, football, and wine, sounds like a great day to me.

    1. Oh yes the amazing carbs from Thanksgiving would be perfect for those running this weekend~

      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Love #8!
    And going to a Bills game this time of year isn't very much's either freezing or in Toronto (and don't get me started on the Bills in TO)

    1. I'm with you on the bills in TO thing. UGHHHHHHHHHH

  4. You are hilarious Laura!!!
    I particularly like the endurance aspects listed in #8 :)

    Your dessert sounded perfect, Laura. I bet you are going to ROCK CIM! Happy Thanksgiving :)!

    1. I love running and I love food and both require adequate amounts of pacing ;)

      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!

  5. Love this list! I think you made the right decision to stay home since it sounds like you and John had a wonderful Thanksgiving just the two of you. Plus no one likes being in a car for that long.

    1. I think not being in the car was the biggest win of them all. Definitely nice to have a low key Holiday! Hope you had a great day too!


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