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Monday, November 25, 2013

It's Taper Time!

Hey all,

So since I've last posted, I've been spending a ton of time at work, getting peed on taking care of sick people.  On Monday, I had an amazing 6 mile run.  It was incredibly windy, but sunny, and I kept around a 9:20 pace.  It felt good to run "fast" and stretch my legs.  I had a little nagging posterior tibialis pain, but nothing terrible.  Tuesday, I ran on the treadmill and had to stop at 2.5 miles due to increasing pain.

I took off until Saturday when I did my long run.  Saturday was supposed to be 20 miler number two.  It was super cold this weekend in Indiana, so we scheduled it for noon instead of early morning.  It was WINDY AS HELL.  I'm talking wind gusts that take your breath away.  When we first set out, I was pretty sure I was never going to make it.

I should have taken a screen shot of the other weather app where it
said that the wind chill felt like 9 degrees. 
At around 10 miles, I got my second wind, and felt like I could actually complete this.  My dad was incredibly helpful throughout this run.  He not only ran the first bit with us, but drove around and met us every 4 or so miles with our water and snacks.

The girls are gonna kill me for posting this picture of them eating their snacks
Around 14 miles, things kind of took a turn for the worse. The wind became harsher, the skies were grey, and we were all starting to feel like crap.  My injuries were starting to hurt, and I felt like I was doing more harm than good.  My phone was literally frozen, and stopped tracking my mileage.

I turned around and told Joanie and Lana that as soon as I saw my dad's car, I was getting in it.  Not 15 seconds later, he pulls up right beside us.  We were all frozen, hurting, and just done.  We ended up doing around 16.5, and I'm totally fine with that.


I wasn't really pausing my watch when we'd have to slow down to cross the street, but I'm thinking that 11:20 is probably a pretty fair pace.  We were going slow, and there were a lot of nasty hills.


Afterwards, it took me a good hour and half to get warm again.  My lips and toes were blue even after a long, hot shower.  I'm REALLY hoping that it is warmer in Alabama in a few weeks.  Currently, their highs are in the low 40's, which is totally do-able.  I'm just hoping it stays that way.

Now, I'm on to taper.  This weekend will be a 10-12 miler and the weekend after will be 8. I'm going to get short, easy runs in during the week, but not stressing about them. I'm also doing a Thanksgiving day race.  I've always been super jealous of the people that got up, burnt some calories, and then had a wonderful meal.  Now, I get to be one of those people!

So, for any of you that have done a marathon... any tapering tips?

15 comments :

  1. The cold and wind is just miserable! But you made it so far still!! I'm doing a turkey trot in thanksgiving too. Oddly enough, I want to do it for the same reason that you do. Then pig out later. ;)

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  2. Happy taper time! It's all downhill from here. Totally jealous right now since I am just starting to build up my mileage again. That cold weather is awful!! I always took hot chocolate in a thermos to drink post run as recovery and to warm up. Hope your injury does not flare up anymore and you have a enjoyable taper!

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  3. Just remember that you can do it and make sure you rest! Your legs will know what to do, especially if you have run a 20 miler before. Now, I have only run a half but I took off 5 days right before my race (due to shin splints) and ran faster than my goal.

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  4. That sounds brutal. Hope the taper goes well and the weather is warm on actual race day!

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  5. I can't believe you ran in that wind! Way to go :-) Your phone froze?! That is c-r-a-z-y cold, yikes! You are awesome girl.

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  6. I find the taper to be really difficult! Just relax and remember you've already done the training. Don't overdo it and don't try anything new. It was pretty cold for my 20 on Saturday as well (I'm in Cincy), but luckily we beat the wind by going early. Good luck!

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    1. My husband predicts that I go crazy, but I don't know. I'm enjoying having a little extra time indoors. Running in Cincy probably makes you so strong with all of those hills!

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  7. Wow, nice job on the 16.5er! It is so cold around here, not a fan!! What thanksgiving race are you doing? I am doing the Drumstick Dash in broad ripple with my sister. Would love to say hi if you are too!

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  8. You're such an inspiration to pick up my running game!!

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  9. That picture is awesome! Sorry it was so cold and windy. Hopefully you have better weather for your race :) I've actually enjoyed taper for the most part. It's nice to cut back from the crazy long runs. I have just an 18 & 20 left before my taper begins. I'm already excited to read about your marathon recap!

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  10. You are such a rock star!!!!! I'm so ready to get back out there and run :)

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  11. This is AMAZING. It is my ultimate goal to even run a half marathon...maybe I should just sign up for one and actually commit!

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  12. Emily you mention Alabama in your post, are you coming for a race? I've just recently started following you & I'm also a fairly new runner. Would love to meet up if you're going to be close to my part of Bama!

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    1. Hey April, I tried to email you back, but you're a "no reply blogger" so then I accidentally started a google hangout with you. Hahah don't let me near technology.

      Anyways, yes, it's in Huntsville! So not TOO far from Indiana. I've been watching the weather forecast like a hawk. It looks like it's supposed to warm up a little by the end of the week, and hopefully, stay that way.

      It would be AWESOME to meet up!

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  13. I haven't reached 20 miles yet.

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