Taper Week #1 (aka Training Week #16)

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Less than two weeks until race day!  Last week was the first week of my taper.  I’m glad there are still two more weeks of tapering before the day.  My legs don’t feel rested yet!

Thoughts from Last Week

5  miles, 4 miles, 5 miles, 12 miles.  Sounds like it should have been an easier week compared to what I was running during training weeks #13 to #15.  But it felt just as difficult as ever.

My Tuesday and Wednesday runs were okay, but my legs were still a little tired from last week’s 20 miler.

My 30 minutes of cross training on Friday was also uneventful.  Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve really gained anything from the minimal cross training I’ve been doing throughout marathon training.  If I decided to train for another marathon, I would try to put more effort into cross training and strength training.

Training Week #16

On Saturday, I worked from 9am to 4pm, and it was a crazy day.  Holiday shopping has officially started.  By the time I got home from work, the last thing I felt like doing was running.  But I forced myself out the door for an easy 4.5 miles.  Not quite the 5 miles that was on the schedule, but good enough considering I’d been running around at work all day.

Then I had 12 miles on the schedule for Sunday.  This is the longest solo run I’ve done for ages.  Mum, my usual long run partner, was on a plane to the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning so couldn’t run with me.  Relaxing on the beach for a week sounds like the perfect way to taper for a race.  I should have gone with her!

Anyway, my 12 mile run went pretty well.  I thought I’d planned a flat route but somehow I climbed a mountain.  As usual.  I don’t know why I thought it would be a flat route – the road I was running along was “Pleasant Hill Road.”  Of course there was a hill!  But it wasn’t pleasant!

No Taper Crazies…yet

As this is my first marathon and my first real taper, I wasn’t sure what to expect for these last few weeks of training.  Everyone talks about the “taper crazies” that happen leading up to race day – phantom pains, mood swings, panic attacks, etc.  I haven’t experienced any of these things…but there’s still time!

The craziest thing that I did last week was buy a new pair of shoes.  Facebook advertising knows me too well.  Aren’t they pretty?!

Moon phase vongo
Soure: http://www.newbalance.com/pd/fresh-foam-vongo-moon-phase/WVNGO-MP.html

I love my current pair of New Balance Fresh Foam Vongos, but I’ve always hated the color.  So I couldn’t resist this new “moon phase” design!  And my current Vongos have over 320 miles on them now…so I needed a new pair anyway!

I’ve been obsessively checking the tracking info for these new shoes all week.  It currently says they’re going to be delivered on Wednesday, but they arrived in NJ on Sunday…surely it won’t take a whole three days for them to ship another 36 miles!  I wish I could just go and pick them up!

Now my dilemma is whether or not to wear them for the marathon.  If they arrive on Wednesday, I could put about 20 miles on them before the day.  But the longest run would only be 8 miles.  I guess I’ll see how they feel.  My current Vongos felt great from day 1 so hopefully these will be the same.


The Philly marathon is a late Fall race – anyone else still training?  If you already ran your Fall marathon, let me know how it went!

What’s your advice about my shoe dilemma?  Should I wear my new shoes for the race?  Or is 20 miles still too few to “break them in”?

Michelle at www.livelychicken.com

Tuesdays on the Run

3 thoughts on “Taper Week #1 (aka Training Week #16)”

  1. We are getting so close to race day! Great work! I think that hilly run will help you on the course since there are a few sections that are supposed to be really hilly! Your shoes are cute! I think that if you can do the rest of your training runs in those shoes and they work well, then you can see if they can handle another 26.2!

  2. WooHoo! I’m excited for you! Personally I would not wear the new shoes. They sure are pretty though!

  3. I would save the shoes for your first run after your marathon to celebrate in! Great week of running. You won’t get the taper crazies. 🙂 Well, you might. But hopefully you won’t.

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