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?