Friday, April 17, 2015

I've become a permanent resident of Taper Town

Tapering is a very strange thing. A trip to Taper Town can put you through a whirlwind of emotions.

At first you feel like...


Then you're kinda like....



with a side of....




  paired with....




which can lead to this...



As you can see tapering can be weird...and with the Heartland 39.3 series my taper has been extra weird. I tapered for 2 full weeks before Rock the Parkway, and to be honest it wasn't horrible at all...after tapering for the KC Marathon in the fall I was prepared for an onslaught of wacky behavior...and for the most part kept it under control this time around. 



 Luckily the only symptoms of the taper crazies I experienced this time was wanting to eat all the time and stressing about the race ;)



Now I am technically tapering again (or still tapering?) for the Garmin half this weekend. Having 2 races back to back weekends has made things a little tricky...

I spent the last week trying to balance recovery and tapering all the while trying to keep a tight hold of my sanity. 


Post race recovery is usually my favorite...



but with back to back races (and another half 2 weeks later) my recovery needed/needs to look very different. On Saturday after the race I allowed myself to indulge a little (think Sonic)...but I also knew that I needed to focus on recovery so I would be ready to do it all again in 7 short days...



And I also needed to (continue to) carb-load...



The term carb loading sounds kind of like a feasting free for all...which in a way, it kind of is...but balancing recovery and prepping for another race meant I needed to make sure I was getting enough protein in my diet along with the good carbs...which unfortunately didn't mean drinking all the beers ;)



At this point if this post seems really disjointed and confusing...please just blame it on the Taper...and be prepared for more randomness below ;) 


While I have shed a few tears this week...totally unrelated to running...they were definitely linked to the emotional roller coaster that is the taper (and exhaustion)...because I NEVER cry...unless I see someone else cry...I am a sympathetic crier (yes...that's a real thing)...other than that I have been feeling okay. 




I do have to say that I am not quite as nervous or as anxious about this weekend's race as I was for RTP...I mean don't get me wrong...picking up my packet yesterday gave me butterflies in my stomach....I slept pretty crummy last night...and my naturally competitive spirit is HOPING that I can do a sub 1:45 again...but other than that I am as cool as a cucumber ;) 


Last year's Garmin half was definitely my favorite of all 3 in the series... mostly because it was my fastest and I didn't feel like crawling in a hole and dying afterwards like I did in the race before :)



This year I am hoping to have a similar experience...minus the second half thunderstorm and hail greeting me at the finish line.



It's not looking too promising though...



I guess it will just be my motivation to run faster :)

 
Even if the weather is crummy... at least the shirts are about 4 million times better than they were last year...


and the medals are awesome...it's all about the bling right? ;)

Hopefully, the next time we talk I will be as excited as I was last week about RTP and bragging about another sub 1:45...and going out on a limb here...maybe a PR? Yep...that's me going too far yet again...I can't help it :)


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