Marathon Training Week 14: Can Tapering Be Fun?

This week was my first week of tapering for the big day, although it didn’t feel much like a taper week considering the mileage.  The one word to describe my runs this week would be fun.  I enjoyed each and every one but for different reasons.  The weather for the most part was amazing!  At one point earlier in the week I walked by the treadmill and officially broke up with it…Wow!  That felt good to do!  I am so thankful that I will not be using it for a long time!  Other than working on Monday, I spent most of the week outside with the kids either playing in the yard, at the playground, with friends, or pushing them in the stroller.  Unlike my stroller run last week, my stroller runs this week were great!  My schedule was a bit off because my husband was out of town a few days so I had to get some workouts in early on that I would typically do on the weekend.  At the end of the day though, everything got done and I’m still smiling!  I count that as a win!

Here’s my recap of week 14.

Monday-  Rest Day

Tuesday-  I headed out early and alone for 7.2 miles in the rain.  The air was warm and the rain was cool so it was a perfect combination for a run.  I was planning to do a loop that I do often lately, but instead, I made a last minute decision to turn off onto the back, dirt roads and go back to my roots on a route I hadn’t run in a while.  What a great decision that turned out to be!  It felt awesome running on unpaved roads and splashing mud all over my calves…my idea of FUN!

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Wednesday-  I headed out very early to sneak my long run in before my husband headed out of town.  I don’t like doing the long ones during the week like this, but I had to make it work and I did.  I got in 14.6 miles on an out-and-back route.  Along the way, I saw these two small sun chairs with umbrellas attached for kids.  They were at the end of a driveway and part of me thought they might be there for someone to take, but there was no sign on them saying “free” or “take me” so I really wasn’t sure.  I couldn’t get them out of my head because I know my kids would love them, so I made my husband drive me back after the run.  He thought I was crazy when he saw them and told me there was no way they were there to take.  Well, I’m stubborn and we were there already, so I got out, knocked on the door, and asked.  The person that answered looked at me like I was crazy for asking!  Oops.  They weren’t there to take.  I think this long run went to my head!  If you’re reading this, my apologies for disturbing your breakfast that morning and stalking your kids chairs!

Thursday-  Rest Day

Friday-  You know you’re a runner when you hire a babysitter to watch your kids so you can get your track workout in!  Yep, that’s what I did.  This was my first time doing my Yasso 800’s on a track.  I had been doing them on my treadmill because it was easy to track distance and the weather has been crappy.  I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my treadmill pace for the 800’s, but after my first few laps, I was feeling fantastic and knew I was running hard.  I ended up totaling 8 miles (1 mile warm up, 8×800’s, 400 recovery after each, 1 mile cool down).  My average time for the 800’s was 4:02.  I felt awesome finishing each 800 and was recovering nicely.  This workout was super fun and left me feeling on top of the world!

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Saturday-  I had to get some miles in over the weekend, but wasn’t going to use a sitter again.  The weather was fantastic so I pushed the kids in the double BOB and it was fun!  Notice, I didn’t say easy.  Just fun.  My son is just 2 years old now and loves to talk with me about what he sees on our runs, so it was cute to play “I Spy” and it made the run go by super quick.  I also ran into two different friends at different points in my run which was awesome!  I managed about 5.5 miles with the kids and we had a blast!

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Sunday-  I ended the week with another stroller run for 4.8 miles.  The weather could not have been more perfect!  The kids loved it and so did I.  Even though pushing the stroller is hard work, after these runs I feel extra strong and proud of myself for doing it.  I know that pushing the extra weight ultimately will do me good in the long run.

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Total mileage:  40.2

How was your week?

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