Friday, June 22, 2012

Taper? What taper?

Yeah, so...I'm running my second half marathon on Sunday. The end of June seemed to come SO fast. I mean, seriously? Funny how I'm feeling like it's no big deal...or I'm just not nervous at all about it. I am really looking forward to this race and I feel very ready. My training runs over the last two weeks have been nothing short of fantastic and I feel strong and ready to go. 

The one issue I'm going to face is the heat. I am in no way acclimated yet and seem to fall apart quickly when I'm hot. I mean I would get hot during our zero-degree runs this past winter. I'll have to see. I still have in my mind the hot races I did last summer (L.L. Bean 10K, Old Port 5K, and Beach to Beacon) and how horrible I felt, but I also have to remember that I was still pretty much a summer-running newbie then and am a much more fit runner, both physically and mentally, now. 

While I would like to say I'm going to PR (sub-1:52), I'm not really setting any time expectations given the weather, but I'm going to run by feel and give it my best. I do plan on wearing my Camelbak to have water available at all times, one thing I think would have helped me perform better at Race the Runways. During that race, stopping to drink at water stations really took a toll on my legs and I had to force myself to just make it to the next aid station to get me through that race...I let my mind get the better of me and went into survival mode even though I knew I was capable of more.

And a taper? It really hasn't happened. Marathon training is not even through two weeks and I don't want to screw up the schedule more than I have to. Probably at this stage, it's not going to matter all that much and maybe tapering would have been smart. It's not like the training runs have shredded my legs or anything, and I'll have a full two days of rest (with the exception of working). We'll have to see how it goes on Sunday! I have been carbo-loading, taking in electrolytes, and hydrating like it's my job. So I haven't lost anything for Jess's Lose a Half Marathon Challenge, but that isn't my main focus right now. I have started tracking calories using MyFitnessPal.com with what I normally eat and then can see where I need to make changes in my diet. 

Well, I'm off to put my feet up before heading to work, but I'll leave you with a pic of the boys. We joined up with Jen and Stacy and their kids at Peacock Beach yesterday. We used to go there all the time when I was little! I can surely see us spending a lot of time there this summer.

Riding the "boat" (photo courtesy Jen Boudreau)

2 comments:

  1. You will surely be awesome on Sunday! I'm running with my camelbak too (but I have a bit of a sunburn from yesterday - oops!). Just got back with tons of food for grilling after the 1/2!!! yay! & yes - lots of beach time. Count on it!!!

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  2. Best wishes in your half! It's really hard to fun a good race in the heat, so I think it's wise you're not setting high expectations. Just enjoy it!

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