It’s been no secret that I haven’t exactly followed a strict training plan during this Chicago Marathon training cycle. If you take a look at my Chicago Marathon training page you will see that the mileage is all over the map, it’s inconsistent, and definitely doesn’t resemble the perfect lead up to a 26.2 mile run.
We are into the home stretch of training and as many of you runners know, there is no more “training” happening. What I have done (and haven’t done) up until this point is what will carry me through the race in Chicago. These remaining two and a half weeks are for tapering, resting, and freaking out about the whole running-a-marathon thing.
Once again, I’ve learned a ton about marathon training, running, and my body during this marathon cycle. I know for sure that I am not cut out to be a one-trick-pony… I like to do far too many things in the fitness world and balancing marathon training with just about anything else is HARD WORK.
probably most definitely talk about my plans for after the marathon in an upcoming post, but as far as this taper goes, I am all about the rest, cross training, and SMART running. Too many of my runs have been simply for the mileage lately and not because they feel good or are pain-free training runs. I am battling what could be an overly tight IT band or shin splints… or cancer if I’m to believe Dr. Google… so I need to make sure I’m ready to go on race day to have a great race!
Things I’m focusing on during this taper:
- Tiger-tail, rolling, icing, repeat.
- WARM UP before running.
- Running PAIN-FREE. (aka. if I really need it, taking an extra day off)
- Finding fun things to do in Chicago!!
- Thinking about the frosty glass of beer I will drink after the marathon.
Of course I have ideal goals for this race, most dream goals that are totally not realistic, but I am going to be in CHICAGO, running a MARATHON, so I have a priority goal to simply enjoy the race, let my day-of body tell me how fast to run, and take in the entire experience. I need a strong taper to help me make it to the start line (and finish line) healthy. 🙂
What are key features of YOUR marathon taper?
If anyone has a great IT band stretch let me know!!
Favourite post-race treat? A massage? Beer? Icecream?