I can hardly believe I’ll be in St. George, Utah in 3 days and running another marathon in 4 ½ days. Ahhh! It’s getting real around here and the butterflies are starting to do their little thing already.
I’ve been tapering like a champ and the proof is in the fact that I’ve gained 2 pounds. I’m not worried because it’s completely normal to gain 2-4 pounds during taper. It just means I am fueling and resting which is essential for a good race, in my opinion. Eating what I normally do (which is a lot) and not running as much doesn’t always feel great, but I have to tell myself it’s OK! In fact, it’s necessary.
|a little cake and wine never killed anybody – unless you’re a dog.|
|practically living off of acai bowls right now because of this heat.|
I did my final double digit run this Saturday with Ashleigh and the Seaside Striders. It went really well and I had a chance to chat with Jim, the running coach, who gave me a much needed pep talk. He helped me to believe my goal is not only within reach but that I can potentially blow it out of the water. Thanks, Jim!
This was the first weekend in awhile I was at home and didn’t have any plans. It was long overdue and perfect timing since I needed to get some cleaning and laundry done and most importantly, rest. I am expecting my body to work really hard for me this coming Saturday, so this weekend I let myself nap and relax. I know these legs of mine need it. No amount of work I do this week will help me in the race – I know this. So instead, I shall rest and jog easily.
Last night Brittany and I went for a sunset run on the beach. It was crazy humid but amazing nonetheless. Nothing on Earth makes me happier than sweating with my favorite person and catching a sunset. I seriously smile from ear to ear in these moments and never want them to end.
|here she comes…|
Shortly after our run, the blood moon was out in all her glory. We were in complete awe and then went off to Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla to bring on the super moon with a huge group of people.
It turned out to be an incredible full moon party under the stars. We harnessed the power of the super moon with a drum circle, aerial yoga performances, crystal bowls and eventually some dancing. My childhood friend who now lives in Sweden and teaches yoga was in town so I was able to celebrate the super moon with her. It was really special considering I haven’t seen her in over two years. It was a great way to reconnect.
Last Week in Workouts: Tapering so hard…
Monday: Gentle Yoga
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: 2.5 miles
Saturday: 10 miles
Sunday: 3 miles
It’s easy to see why I gained a couple pounds just looking at the low mileage compared to weeks prior. To anyone reading this who is training for a marathon or will eventually train for one – remember this: it will feel extremely weird to run such low mileage and you will feel like you are completely losing your fitness, but I promise, you’re not! You are resting your body and letting all the months of hard work sink in so you’re ready for race day. I think so many runners struggle with the taper and oftentimes they run more than they should because it’s just plain hard NOT to. I am a huge advocate for REST so if you take any piece of advice from this blog, it should be to obey the taper and give your body the rest it needs. You will thank me on race day.