Mini Taper


Goooood morning everyone. I was up early today thanks to this.


Isn’t she cute? I took this last night when she was sleepy. But, not so cute when she licking me in the face in the morning. Maybe it’s payback?


My half marathon is on Saturday, and even though this is a glorified training run, I have been doing what I like to call a “mini taper” of just one and a half weeks. I only ran 6 miles last Saturday for my long run and this week I have only run FOUR MILES because I haven’t been feeling good and because my IT band is still causing me problems. Well, it’s safe to say it is driving me CRAZY! Even though I know it’s not true I feel like I losing fitness and getting slower by not doing my other two short runs this week. I went so crazy this morning I even got on the elliptical for 30 minutes and did some arm weights just to do SOMETHING.

After my workout, this got me thinking….if this little mini taper for this race that isn’t even my goal race is driving me crazy, then how am I going to handle tapering for my marathon in January? I am definitely not looking forward to that!

I have a feeling I am going to be doing a lot of deep breathing and techniques to keep myself calm in those last few weeks. Hopefully by then I will be confident enough in my training that it won’t make me quite so crazy. Also, hopefully I won’t be battling sinus problems and an IT band injury. I think that is the root of it, that I am nervous how my body is going to hold up.

But, until then, I will keep icing


massaging my leg


and driving myself crazy until Saturday!

Tonight we are going to a visitation for a friend’s father who passed away in a car accident a couple of days ago. It was shocking, and also a big wake up call. I drive that interstate all the time. You never know when it will be the last time you get to talk to someone. Go hug your parents, spouse, childen, and friends. Tell them how you really feel about them, don’t wait to tell them tomorrow, you never know if there will be one. Can I just say I love all my readers? :o)


QOTD: Have you even experienced taper madness? What did you do to get over it?

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  1. aaah tapering! lol It doesn’t bother me too too much. I will admit though…in Disney, I was so worried about Wine and Dine cause I only ran one day that week cause I was sick….but the race went fine. So I’m sure you’ll be ok for Jazz! :0) See you SOON!!!! Yay!

  2. I actually think I do better when I don’t run the week before a race! Your fitness is fine and the extra rest really gives you that extra edge during the race!

  3. Tapers can be a drag but you can still run and workout during that time, so don’t go too crazy!!
    Do you have a foam roller? A lot of ppl say it helps their IT Bands. Training for your first marathon can be tough but they get better and much easier! It’s all new the first time!
    Hope you guys are getting settled in now! GOod luck with your half, have fun!!

    • yeah I have been using my foam roller everyday, so hopefully it pays off!
      I didnt run the rest of the week because I thought I was getting sick b/c I had an awful headache and sinus stuff. I am still congested but no headache so I don’t know what’s up.

  4. I wouldn’t worry about the tapering too much. You have been running long enough and hard enough that you will be just fine! See you Sat.

  5. runnerstrials says:

    Nope, I promise you that when it comes time to taper for the full, you’ll go crazy! It is the most frustrating thing in the world. You start to doubt everything. I have been tapering 4 of the past 5 weeks and am really losing it. This week I did 2 hard runs when I really shouldn’t have just because I HAD to! But you’ll get through it 🙂

    • thats how I felt about the ellitpical yesterday, I needed to do SOMETHING so I did that haha. at least my taper will start around Chrismtas so I will be super busy then anyway!

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