April 8, 2015

Boston marathon countdown and taper

With just 12 days until marathon Monday, it's taper time! I'm excited and nervous, but mostly busy organizing and making lists so there is much to fill up my day besides running.  Reading running books, getting together with friends, playing golf, walking Lulu and doing some easy cross training make the days go by quickly for me during taper.  Unlike many runners, I enjoy having days of easy training and letting my body recover from a hard training cycle.  Because my nerd quotient comes out in full force during taper, I do things like make folders for my trip documents, agonize over what suitcase to use and pack and repack my bag many times!



My carry on bag will obviously hold all the essentials for the race, but the other bag will carry everything else.  Since I need two pair of running shoes, this will make packing a bit more difficult.   Hopefully everything will fit so I can have all my things in carry on luggage. Of course I will need to ship a trunk of expo purchases back home after the race, but that is of no concern to me while preparing for the race weekend.



We depart North Carolina on Thursday so we have 5 nights in Boston which are packed full of activities and meals with friends and family.  A Red Sox baseball game, a book event with Meb Keflezechi and a movie premiere of Run Free, The true story of Caballo Blanco will fill up our days and nights.  Oh and a little expo visit/shopping will also be in the mix. Christine, Adam and I will be running the BAA 5k on Saturday morning which will be a great way to shake out the legs after travel!



Most of all, I am happy to be in taper getting ready for the race that I thought would never arrive.  All of a sudden the days are flying by and the reality is sinking in.  My coach texted me that she wanted to loan me a book. I happened to be reading (for the second time) 26.2 to Boston.  The funny thing is, this was the very book she wanted me to read. It is fun to read a mile recap of the course in advance of race day and I paid close attention to the first half since I have run over 10 miles of the second half.

Later this week I will be organizing my race day clothing once a more accurate weather report is available.  In the meantime, it is time to enjoy taper and wait for the big day!

Do you have any taper advice?




34 comments:

  1. Enjoy the taper. You have many exciting plans coming up. The Red Sox game sounds fun. I have never heard of that movie.

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    1. The movie is based on the book, "Born to Run". I love any running movie!

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  2. Oh Pam I am SO excited for you, it's going to be such an amazing weekend! I am really regretting not taking Marathon Monday off, but at the time I thought I was going to be going out of town the following weekend and would need to take a few days off then, but that trip didn't end up panning out.

    Oh well, I'll be watching & tracking from work!

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    1. I wish you had Monday off too Danielle. Look forward to seeing you Saturday night though!

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  3. I am so, so, so excited for you Pam! I cannot believe Boston is so close!

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    1. Thanks Jen. I can't believe it is almost here!

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  4. Enjoy the taper, Pam! I'm so excited to follow along with you next weekend. It sounds like you've got a great racecation lined up for Boston!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, it will be busy that's for sure!

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  5. I'm soooo excited for you Pam!!!! You are going to do great and have such a great time doing this with your sister! Enjoy tapering!

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    1. Thanks Mindy. I love taper, but my credit card does not!

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  6. enjoy your taper! I love how many plans you have in it. Boston is going to be a magical experience!

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    1. thanks Juliana. I can't wait for race day!

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  7. Relax and enjoy your taper. I'm excited because I'm living vicariously through you! I hope Boston is everything you want and MORE.

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    1. Thanks so much. I just want to have a smile when I cross that finish line, but I will probably cry!

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  8. I am so excited for you, your going to do great!
    I don't offer taper tips because tapering for everyone is different. You know your body, you know how rested it is, or how much running you need to keep up, to keep your muscles ready to run for their best. Go with what you know, and don't taper to much, or to little, do what you know is right for you!!! 12 days, so exciting!!!!

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    1. My taper is pretty low key, and I have never gotten the whole madness thing. However, I do not run high mileage like so many marathon runners.

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  9. I'm so, so excited for you!! I can't wait to follow on your Boston adventure!! Remember to stop and really soak in the whole experience. It's gonna be amazing!

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    1. I jsut can't wait to get to the expo!

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  10. Aaah! It's going to be here so soon!! Best of luck with the taper, Pam!

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    1. Thanks Karen, at least I am pretty busy between now and Thursday when we travel to Boston.

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  11. Good luck! Get all your rest in, and you are going to be great!

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  13. I cannot wait to cheer you on. Is there a way we can follow/stalk you?

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    1. Abby I am pretty sure there is tracking, but I never use that feature for twitter. My bib number is 25279. Thanks for virtually cheering!

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  14. Hope you are having a good taper this week. I enjoy the extra nerd quotient.. b/c I would do the same thing :)

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    1. It's been fun being in taper with great weather for some nice walks with my little pooch!

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  15. Sounds like you've got this taper thing down! I love watching full seasons of shows on Netflix when I taper, it makes the waiting go by quickly! I am so excited for you, I hope you have the best race ever!!

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    1. Thanks so much April. It kind of amuses me that so many people go crazy during taper. Maybe it is because I don't log that many miles so for me it is not a huge adjustment. In any case, TV and reading have been keeping me busy!

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  16. I'm like you -- I kind of LOVE the taper period. It gives me all kinds of time to plan my itinerary for wherever I'm traveling, etc. :)

    In any case, I am SOOOO excited for you! It'll be here before you know it. Enjoy your taper -- you're going to kill it on race day! :)

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    1. Thanks Jen. I don't know about killing it on race day, but as long as I cross the finish line, I will be very happy!

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