I made it though the thick of marathon training! This is the third training cycle (4th marathon) that I’ve attempted. It’s the first time that I haven’t had some sort of injury holding me back. My goal this time was to get to the marathon strong and healthy. I made a few changes, like only running three days a week, that helped me accomplish my goal. Having a running coach (Amanda) has been the biggest change. I pushed myself when I was told and rested when it was prescribed. Amanda has never steered me wrong. She had confidence in me before I had any in myself. She’s been there to talk me off the ledge when self doubt set in. I trust that she has done the best for me. I have learned a lot about what I can/cannot and should/should not do in order to train efficiently. I am ready.
I have made it to taper madness. I am going to make the most of the lower milage weeks ahead and use the extra time for some self care. My taper plans include a visit or two with my genius chiropractor, a sports massage and a pedicure (for the 9 toenails I still have left). Is there anything I’m forgetting?
I know some people get really antsy during taper time because they are forced to do a bit more resting than they are used to. I however am going to embrace the lower milage easy runs, the shorter speed work and the extra time to relax and pamper myself.
How do you feel about the taper?