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SEVEN DAYS…Taper Madness!
So we’re down to the proverbial wire. One week from today I will be embarking upon my second 26.2-mile journey. I’ve been going from zen to freaked out and back to zen again for the last week. Mostly, though, I just feel like this…
…which is absolutely nothing new. Honestly I think the Zombie Tired™ is keeping me well distracted from this crazy little thing called tapering. Ah, those last few weeks of winding down the mileage to prepare the body for the Big Day. A relaxing time to recuperate from all those draining workouts and a chance to reflect on all the hard work you’ve put into your months of training. A time to take bubble baths with epsom salts. A time to eat lots of delicious carbs with no regrets. Two weeks of serene, starchy, contemplative bliss…
Well, maybe I’m doing it wrong but I am far from relaxed. My muscles are twitching and my appetite is through the roof and my energy can’t decide if it’s nutso or dragging and all I can think about is how my longest run was only 18 miles and 18 miles means I still have 8.2 miles after that and I’m gonna be so slow and HOLY CRAP I’M RUNNING A MARATHON IN SEVEN DAYS!!!
I keep trying to tell myself what I always stress to others – TRUST YOUR TRAINING. The only time I really missed any significant runs was when I was injured. Granted, that was over a month of lost mileage buildup keeping me from hitting the one or two 20-milers I had on the books but it was definitely a necessary hiatus. I successfully returned to training and completed my adjusted plan. Aside from my usual exhaustion, I feel strong, able, and for the most part, ready. There is no reason why I should worry.And yet, I do. And I will. But I know that as soon as I get to the start line and see the runners, walkers, volunteers, supporters, friends, families, and survivors – all out there for the kids of St. Jude – the worry will melt away. Because in the end it’s not about finish times or mileage or even running. It’s about thousands of people coming together for an amazing cause. For one day, we’re all family. That thought always seems to bring me back to zen.
What are your favorite methods of de-stressing and decompressing? (Leave a comment with your answer for THREE extra entries into the St. Jude Marathon AJHeroes Giveaway drawing!)