Training Tips for Challenge Races

The recent increase in the number challenge type races (multiple races over several days) means that runners have even more options for lots of miles and lots of medals. It can be not only a rewarding experience but also tough if you haven’t prepared well during your training. I’ve completed several different race Challenges. All of the events I have run included a half and some other combination of 5K, 8K, 10K either the day before or right after. My longest distance challenge was Gasparilla which included all 4 distances over two days: the 5K and 10K on Saturday and half and 8K on Sunday.

Here are some tips for training for and reasons to run a challenge race. Hopefully these will help you when deciding if a Challenge race is for you.

Back to Back Long Runs

These are a must!! You have to learn how to run on tired legs. I chose to run distances similar to what I would be facing in the race. For Gasparilla that meant we started at 5 miles on Saturday and 6 on Sunday and worked our way up to 10 on Saturday and 16 on Sunday.  For most Challenges where you may have a 5K followed by a half, you may not need to do that. I found I was prepared to run a 5K/half challenge with just my normal half training plan. For anything over a 5K as one of the two race, I would recommend running back to back longs.

Slow it Down

For us, it was all about completing the mileage. There was no talk of racing any of them. We wanted to find a pace that we could finish all the races in the time limits we needed to in order to receive the challenge medal. The only time crunch was finishing the half under 3:00. The rest of the races, there was no time pressure. Some people run them differently. They want to race them. Plan your training accordingly.  For some of the 5K/half challenges, we’ve picked one of the two races to actually race.

Time To Train

With most challenge race training, the number of days that you run will increase. The back to back long runs are going to have you running and away from from family on weekends more than if you were training for just a half by itself. But, most challenge race training is no different than training for a marathon.

Marathon?

Speaking of a marathon… Depending on what kind of challenge race you choose, the training can be good practice for if (or when) you run a marathon. Lots of runners like to try out higher distances slowly and a challenge race is a great way to bridge the gap from a half to a marathon. Same can be true for Dopey (a bucket list race for me) from a marathon to an ultra distance.

They are FUN!!

The theming around lots of the challenge races is super fun!! Most offer extra medals and incentives for finishing all of the races. The Double Dare medal for completing the Flying Pirate half and First in Flight 5K is awesome!! We received a finisher’s jacket for Gasparilla.  There is also a lot of camaraderie among challenge runners during the races. Usually challenge runners have different bibs, so it’s easy to look around and connect with other runners.medalpic

If you are interested in running a challenge race, here are some of the ones we’ve found so far.  If you know of others, please share!!  We are always looking for a new race challenge!

Challenge Races

I’m only listing the some of the races on the East coast due to where I live.  I’m sure there are great challenge races on the West Coast; I’m just not as familiar with them.

The mac daddy race: Dopey (marathon, half, 10k and 5K over 4 days)

The bit tamer, Goofy (marathon and half)

Flying Pig 3 Way (5K, 10K, half) or 4 Way (5K, 10K, marathon)

Double Dare Challenge (5K and Flying Pirate half)

OBX Marathon challenges (3 to choose from: 5K/half, 8K/half, 8K/Marathon)

Shell Yeah Challenge (5K and Crawlin’ Crab half)

Shamrock Marathon Challenges (Dolphin: 8K and half or Whale: 8K and Marathon)  For speedy folks: King Neptune (8k with half and marathon)

April Fools Half Challenges (Fool: 7K and half or Jester: 11K and half)

Runner’s World Half Marathon Festival (The Hat Trick: 5K, 10K and half or Five & Dime: 5K and 10K)

Gasparilla Distance Classic (Mich Ultra Challenge: 5K, 15K, half and 8K Mich Ultra Amber: 5K, 15K and half or Mich Ultra Lime Cactus: 15K and 8K

Mainly Marathons (back to back half marathons or full, 5 to 7 days, multi-state)

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Favorite Quick Workouts

Limited on time?

Have less than 30 minutes to workout BUT you want a good quality workout?

Have limited equipment?

You are in need of a quick workout!  pink-twitter_WEB

With run streaking, I use my one mile “rest” days as cross training days for the most part.  I usually try to add in a Body Pump or yoga class, but depending on the gym schedule, there may not be one available that fits my schedule.

Enter the quick workout!

Some of my favorite workouts require about 20-30 minutes, mostly focused on core or strength training and can be done just about anywhere with limited amount of equipment (no weights).

  • Monthly Challenges  For a while a few of us were taking in part in monthly challenges for arms, abs and legs.  Each day we had a certain number of reps we had to complete.  The number of reps would increase by the day, but you could break them up if you had to.
  • My current workout I’m hooked on now are ol’ fashioned push ups and crunches.  I do 50 push ups, 100-125 crunches and 2 times 1 minute planks.  I try to do this at least 3 times a week.
  • On Sundays, Christie and I started doing WODs.  She’s created some good ones.  If you need a little help picking what to do, try the Random WOD app. They have over 600 to choose from!
  • There are two apps that are great resources for Tabata-type workouts7 Minute Workout and Quick 4.  Both apps provide quick paced sets of core work.  They have everything from jumping jacks to planks to tricep dips.  I like the variety and that they are timed through the app.  You can choose how long or how many sets you want to complete.
  • I also have streamed Pilates videos from Robin.  Here are some of her free online videos.
  • Lastly, the PiYo DVD set I purchased is also a favorite.  Most of the workouts are less than 30 minutes and even if you aren’t following the program, the individual workouts are really good!  I usually try to do the core or upper body ones.

What are your favorite quick workouts? 

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Time Management While Race Training

It’s kind of appropriate that this week’s topic is about time management when essentially, I gave up making any kind of running schedule due to a trip to the beach with my daughter.  I didn’t want to be a crazy person worrying about getting a run in.  Don’t worry, I maintained my run streak and got at least one mile in. 🙂

For me, any time I decide to start picking back up training, it means that a certain time is spent having to plan out runs, make sure that I can juggle schedules, etc.  It doesn’t have to be stressful and hectic.  I’ll be entering my 7th marathon training in June and while it’s a bit easier for me to train through the summer (no work!), I just finished training for marathon and Gasparilla just a few weeks ago.

Here are some tips and things to consider when you make that decision to start training for a longer distance race:

1. Plan ahead as much as you can, but leave an “out” every week.

Every Sunday, I plan my week out.  I schedule my runs as if they are appointments.  Fitting them in through the week around meetings, work commitments, home, etc.  It’s like a giant puzzle.  Once they are written down, I do my best to keep them.  I leave myself a day or two each week which is my one mile “rest” day where in case things become disrupted, I switch my higher mileage days around.  So far, it’s worked out. weeklyplan

2. Find a training plan that fits your life the best it can

If you know that you can’t run 5 days a week, then don’t try to stick with a training plan that has that many days of running.  Look for plans that fit into what you may be already doing, though the miles might kick up on the long runs.  After having trained for 35+ half marathons now, I just make up my own plan.  I look at previous plans and try to match the weekly miles.  That leaves me some flexibility.  If you aren’t at that point yet, scour the internet for plans.  Hal Higdon, FURMAN First, Hanson, etc. all have plans sitting out there.

3. Make running dates with friends

I make plans to run with friends for 90% of my runs during the week.  I find that it helps me stick to my plan, keeps me motivated, and makes running social vs a chore.  We spend the time chatting and running, catching up with each other.  If you don’t have a big pool of runner friends, look for local running meetups.  A lot of the running stores offer a group run.  You may even find someone who is training too and can meet up for runs!mycrew

4. Share your goals with your family and friends

By now, Nick knows that when I start looking at races, that means training is starting.  He’s been amazingly supportive as I knew he would be, but I also make him part of the training and the decision.  Share your goals and training plans with your family and friends.  Once they see how important this is to you, they will be willing to help out and their support will go a long way!  Nothing worse than feeling any kind of guilt when you head out to run.  If everyone is in the know, then there is less room for resentment.  Non-running friends will know that you haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth; you are just doing something that is really important to you.

5. Plan ahead and prep

On days I know that I have meetings after school, I pack my running bag.  If there is any way that we get out earlier than 5pm, I’m running.  Mondays are my BodyPump days and I make sure I have my gym bag with me.  By planning and prepping ahead, it may help you sneak a run in when you might not have thought otherwise.  Several runners keep a full change of clothes and shoes in their cars at all times, just in case.

6. Be kind to yourself

There are going to be some times when life will throw a curveball at you and you miss a run.  It’s okay.  That’s why training plans are weeks and not days long.  Regroup, don’t let it set you back and try to fit in the miles somewhere else.  If you can’t, don’t sweat it!  One run missed will not make or break your training.  It won’t.  I promise.

7. Go for more!

During most of my marathon trainings, I’ve thrown in half marathons, 25K and 30K races.  Why?!  I’m running the miles already!  I might as well get a medal and a tee for finishing a long run!  It’s also a great way not to have to train again for one of those specific distances.  I don’t race them.  I run them at my training plan pace.  It’s also a great way to break up the long training and long runs.  It helps keep me motivated!

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Marathon?

I mentioned yesterday in my race recap that I never realized I could learn so much about my training and running another marathon.  I’ve kind of had to let it all marinate in my head and heart a bit more and I’m still analyzing everything and really just letting it all sink in.  I’m not afraid of a marathon.  I’ll say it again. I’m finally not afraid to run another marathon.  YES!!TobaccoRoadMarathon

I’ve lived in fear of a marathon every time I’ve run one.  OBX was my first marathon and I had no idea what to expect.  Kiawah was where my fear showed up and stuck.  It went away a bit in Richmond, knowing that I ran it well, but I was in such pain at the end, that it took away from the fact I had a 20 min PR from my first full in OBX.  By Wrightsville, it felt like running one was such a crap shoot.  City of Oaks made me like the marathon distance.  It’s like the marathon and I came to some mutual respect.  I finished that race so happy and so proud that I finally found a way to run a marathon that works for me.  This weekend, I conquered my fear.  Finally.

I always thought that it controlled me and whatever happened was out of my hands and to a certain degree that’s entirely true.  There are a lot of factors that go into running a marathon that I can’t control, but what I can control is me and my mind.  And that’s where my fear has been hiding…in my mind.  I was the one who never just ran in the moment.  I was always stressing myself about a finish time, what was going to happen at mile 20, how bad was I going to fall apart, etc.  I finally let that all go and I just ran.  I actually ran knowing that would probably all happen (the wall, the falling apart, etc), but I didn’t care.  I’d deal with it when and if it would happen.

Straight Facts

  • MAF training works for me.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  It’s not for everyone, but what I do know is that I’ve successfully completed two marathons using it. I’m going to continue using it as I transition into my Fall races.
  • Since City of Oaks, I was able to take 6:30 minutes off of my marathon time at Tobacco Road.  (The elevation gain for both were similar too: City of Oaks 971ft and Tobacco Road 941ft so it’s not like I went from super hilly to pancake flat).  Weather was actually better temperature wise in City of Oaks.
  • I ran both marathons using a max HR of 145 for as long as I could.  I let my HR come up to 150, then to 165.  I never was able to run a single mile under 10 min at City of Oaks.  I had 6 miles under 10 at Tobacco Road.
  • My last 6 miles of Tobacco was the strongest last 10K of any marathon I’ve run yet.
  • I know I that I can have success not following a traditional training plan.  For City of Oaks, I followed a traditional training plan with speed work, tempo runs and 20 milers.  For Tobacco Road, I never ran a 20 miler, just back-to-back runs.  Our highest weekend mileage total was 30.4 miles at Gasparilla.  I never ran any speed work either.  I just ran miles.  Lots of them.  I always made sure my weekly mileage matched the same mileage I ran on my traditional plan.
  • I only took 2 shot bloks for all 26.2 miles and I really didn’t need them.  It was more of a safety net than a necessity.  My body was successfully burning my fat for fuel and I never felt that heavy-legged feeling throughout the race.  I never felt like I needed the fuel to keep going.
  • Decreased muscle soreness.  By yesterday, I had little to almost no soreness.  I’m not sure what attributed to that at all, but it’s definitely something I noticed.  I had to stop myself from running more than a mile yesterday.  I told myself I’d take off 3 days (other than my slow mile jog to keep my streak up).  I can’t wait to run today!

Thoughts and What I Learned

  • I can run smartly and still go after huge goals.  I thought for a long time that I might have to choose.  I wasn’t sure that I could still train properly for a marathon without wearing myself out each time.
  • I went into this marathon nervous because I had not run a 20 miler.  Apparently, the back-to-back runs mimicked the long runs well enough to translate into the marathon.  Another bonus, I was never out there past 3+ hours on a long run either.  There is some information supporting this idea.
  • I’m not trying to qualify for anything.  I’m not an elite runner.  So why do I necessarily have to train like one?  I can use a plan that works for me and I can run marathons in a way that works for me.
  • I’m just running.  That’s all I’m doing…running.  Some races I may have a PR; most races I won’t.  What I can do is to be happy and celebrate each accomplishment and be grateful for the experience.

And most importantly,

I’m not afraid of the marathon monster!!

I think it’s kind of funny that I posted this on Saturday…maybe it was foretelling of the kind of experience I’d have at Tobacco Road, but I’m posting it again.  Just as a reminder.  Be you!  All you! IMG_4319-0

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My Dirty Little Running Secret

I have to come clean.  I have to share something with you all that I’ve been hiding.  It’s my dirty little running secret.

I ran three runs in the last two weeks breaking from MAF.  I mean really breaking from it.  GASP!

I didn’t put my heart rate monitor on before a few solo runs because I just didn’t feel like it.  After several months of following a pretty strict nothing-over-a-HR-of-145 runs, I wanted to run fast.  I wanted to run faster than a comfortable pace.  I wanted to feel my legs work hard to run fast.  I wanted to quicken my stride.  I wanted all of it.

Did I feel bad about it?  Not really.  For a brief moment in the second mile in each run, there was a mental conversation.  I was mentally fighting to either slow up or continue running fast and hard.  I debated with myself over whether or not this was going to derail months of work.

I’ve come to realize something about MAF training.

Here are the five pluses of using it:

1.  I’m happy to run at my HR when I have friends with me.  The conversation and the run become social and I enjoy that part of MAF.  I live for our long runs!!  The miles fly by and we genuinely have awesome runs!

2, The daily miles to keep up my running streak are all at MAF also.  The slower pace ensures I can run back to back days.

3. Not worrying about pace but HR takes the need to have to feel like I’m having to hit certain paces all the time.

4. I needed a break from traditional training and concentrate on just my running fitness vs racing races.

5. Running this year smartly.  Using MAF means that I’m taking the time to really gain endurance and fitness.  My body is becoming more proficient with HR training and I’m being kind to my body this year.

BUT

The place where I struggle is when it is a solo run, usually 3-4 miles.  I don’t want to follow it.  It’s like those days are my “me” runs and I just want to run how I feel that day.  And for the last 3 solo runs that meant fast for me.

I’m back on MAF the rest of the week.  I have two mile only days today and tomorrow and then Sunday is the big day!  I’ll follow MAF for my marathon.  It helps me keep control of my pace early in the race and it keeps me in check for making it well into the mid 20’s feeling great.  This marathon, like my last one, isn’t about racing. It’s about running another marathon to celebrate my friends, to run one because I can, and to keep on moving towards by biggest (and scariest) 2015 goal, 100K at Crooked Road.

But every little once in a while…I’m gonna leave that heart rate monitor at home and just run to have my “me” time. I want to run hard and feel that I kicked that run’s booty.  I want that I just freaking nailed that feeling!!  Sometimes you got to break the mold, stray from the training plan just a little to have great things happen and to find confidence and a new found enthusiasm for something.

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Friday Five: Favorite Indoor Workouts

With winter in full throttle, although we’ve been lucky so far in NC and it’s not been too cold and no snow yet, the thought of bundling up and heading outside on some days seems like the last thing I want to do.  I still have a running streak to uphold, so I’ve been fairly creative on getting that one mile in some days.  In the summer, I’d head outside for a mile easily.  In the winter, not so much.

So what are my favorite indoor workouts?

  1. For my running streak only, an indoor mile around my house, classroom, a store, etc. made the list.  You name it, I’ve probably made loops around it getting my mile in.  You think by now, I’d invest in a treadmill, but then how creative is that?!
  2. I love the variety of classes available at my gym.  Until just recently, I took a regular Body Pump class.  Cara and I also went through a spell where we were trying all kinds of different classes from Tabata to yoga to a POUND class to kettlebells.
  3. If you have Time Warner Cable, you have several videos available to you ON Demand.  I’ve done several of the yoga videos and they are pretty good.  There is a restorative yoga that I was doing regularly after my long runs.  It was just the thing I needed!
  4. I joined a Pilates challenge from The Balanced Life over the summer and I saved the weekly emails to use for future use.  I love Robin’s videos and you can find several them on her YouTube channel.
  5. If you google monthly challenges, you have a ton of choices of different plans that target anything from arms to legs to booty.  Several friends and I did several of them and even created our own!  We encouraged each other through the challenges.  I love that most of them are quick and fit in easily every day.  I’m still doing my 2 min plank challenge.

What are your favorite indoor workouts?  Any you care to share!  I’m always looking for new ones to add to my routine.

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Motivation?! Where Did You Go?!

For 6 weeks now, I’ve been following the MAF method and have been loving it!  Every run feels amazing and I really have enjoyed them all.  But Monday, something changed…

I had to run by myself.

Yup, I had scheduled 3 miles for Monday and normally, I’d lace up and head out but instead, I stayed in the house opting to run circles around my living room to get my daily mile in.  I didn’t think much of it, until again this morning, I have to run 3 miles solo and I have no motivation to get out there and run.

Is it burn out?

Is it the weather?  It has been gloom and doom here in NC for days!

What could it be?lackofmotivation

While running with Cara yesterday, I think we figured it out.  Because all of our runs are at the same HR, so our paces vary day to day but our effort is the same, all of our runs have become more social.  We can talk to each other the entire time we run!  Normally during a typical training season, we have our slow long run days and easy days (all social runs), but then we have our speed work days (pop in your music, you run your run, I’ll run mine runs).  So without much variation in what we are running now, those days of running solo speed workouts are gone!  I don’t need to pop in the music to give me motivation.  I don’t have to talk in short one word answers.  We all aren’t out there all running different speed workouts.  We literally are all running the same thing and at the same effort.

So what do I do?

Do I leave behind this plan and start doing speed work again on days I have to run solo?

No, my body isn’t ready to do that and my mind wants a break from paces.  I just don’t want to fall back into another hard training season right now.  I am really enjoying the runs as they are and I’m excited to see where I end up endurance and fitness wise at the end of this 4 months.

Do I just not run solo ever?

That’s completely unlikely.  I can try to make my one mile days my only solo runs a week, but even that’s a stretch. I’m headed to Ocracoke for work this week and all my runs Monday through Wednesday will be solo.

Do I just put on my big girl pants and deal with it?

Most likely yes!  But maybe I need to think differently about how I tackle a solo run.

Here’s what I decided to do:

  • If I can, I’ll start wearing music on my solo runs.  That in itself may help!
  • Turn any run into a MAF test.  By doing the test, you have to stay at your MHR for the test.  This is about as speedy as we get so it’s a good way to just feel like I’m doing something different.
  • One suggestion that I read while using the MAF method is to run 10% of your runs downhill.  It helps with running faster paces at the same MHR and helps with leg turnover.  So while hill repeats on traditional plans are types of speed work, I’m actually going to reverse that and run downhill repeats!  So I’ll walk/jog up the hill and run down it as fast as my HR will allow me.  That’s my plan for today!  1 mile (warm-up, cool down) and 2 miles of downhill repeats!  Doesn’t that sound awesome!? And because it’s speed work, I’ll wear music to keep me motivated!

So tell me, what you do when you are not feeling very motivated?!  Any suggestions?  I can tailor it to fit my plan.

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Race Recovery

I’m always interested in how runners recover from races and long runs.  I find it interesting all the things we do to recover from a stretching routine to food and every thing in between.  Even though I can be pretty ritualistic when it comes to my pre-race meals (Remember me?  I’m the girl who ate the same Friday night meal for 15 weeks!), I don’t really have a set recovery routine.  Maybe I should?

Immediately following a race

I stop running and smile.  That part is a must!  If I’m not smiling, I did something wrong.  I think it’s important to have a moment to yourself too before meeting your group to just be proud of yourself.  No matter what the distance, it was an accomplishment!

I usually head to the food and drink table next.  Most races will hand you a bottle of water, but honestly after running for 13 miles, that is the LAST thing I want.  I just drank water and Gatorade for 13 miles, if I stopped at the water stations.  I want a Coke or a brew.  I want to feel that burn and get that goopy taste out of my mouth that’s left from shot blocks.  I crave it about halfway through a race.  My friend, Cindy, brought me a Coke at the end of my marathon.  Best thing ever!   Seems like most longer distance races have one or the other…

I do a few light stretches just to loosen up my hips and legs a bit if they feel stiff.  I don’t try to sit down but walk instead.  I find if I can walk a bit I feel better.

I’m usually not hungry right after finishing.  It takes a while before I want food.

Within an hour or two

A shower!  I can only stand to “ride dirty” for so long.  If we’ve hung out at a post race party, then I can only stand myself for just a bit.  I got to get the stink off.  Not only that, but it also feels good to just sit in the hot water.  When we travel to OBX, we always make sure we have a house with a hot tub.

FOOD!  By now, I am hungry and I want food.  I usually try to be a good but I do treat myself.   This past weekend, I went for a burger and a brew.  It hit the spot!

Stretching is a must now!  I will spend sometime slowly stretching and/or rolling on my foam roller.  I spend time with the parts that seem to be talking to me…

Start the process of drinking water to rehydrate

The rest of the day

Rest and relaxation are how I spend my afternoons.  I’m not a person who naps too often, but if I feel like it, I may take one.  I like to stay a bit busy so that I don’t stiffen up.  Sometimes, I’m just a couch potato.

Continue drinking water

The next day

Since I’m a runstreaker, I head out for a slow one miler.  I find that my recovery time is a lot quicker now that I run every day.  After this weekend’s half, I was able to run 6 miles easily.  It depends how hard I run.

What is your race recovery routine?

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2015 Mantra

I just joined a Facebook group for a race and I was reading through the positive posts and I came across a blog that a runner had posted about his experience running the race.  As I was reading it, I stopped when I came to the paragraph where he talked about his goal for the race and he said this…

Numbers are often a focus, but they shouldn’t be.  Numbers don’t make memories…People do.   My memories of this marathon will have little to do with how fast or how slow I ran. (lazy2crazy.com)

I literally read it again and even snapped a picture of it so I’d have a copy on my phone.  This was exactly what I’ve been doing this past year and why I’ve decided to just run for the love of running.  It was great to see this idea through the eyes of someone else.  It made me realize that I’m not alone.  Sometimes the numbers just wear us out and we need to live more in the moment and not just always “rush” to get something done or towards a finish line.  We miss a lot. mantra

I’m adopting this as my 2015 mantra:  Numbers don’t make memories…People do.  I hope that he doesn’t mind. 🙂 With all of my great events I signed up for, not for one minute have I even thought about what my time goal will be for any of them.  The Tampa trip has been all about the experience, being together and taking something on that would be so fun!  It’s about the bling, the post-race party, the downtime at the house…that’s why I signed up!  The same for Tobacco Road Marathon.  It’s about the experience, supporting friends who are running their first marathon and others coming out of retirement.  In both cases, I see all those happy, smiling pictures, not the online results.  It’s not even something I think about.

I guess with age comes wisdom and for me, I want the memories. That’s what I’ll remember years from now and I’ll reminisce about, not the time on the clock or the numbers.  That’s what will make me laugh and smile.  People and memories.

What’s your mantra going to be for 2015?

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Welcome To Taper Town!

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Hi there and welcome to Taper Town!  We are so happy to see you!  Before you begin your stay here, we need to go through a few things that you may experience while you are here.  Hopefully this will help make your stay here more enjoyable! 🙂

Marathon Nesting

Yup, nesting just doesn’t happen when you are having a baby!  It happens when you are tapering too.  You suddenly find yourself with hours to fill and what better way than to organize messy bathroom drawers, clean out and reorganize a pantry or even, tackle organizing a closet?!  Apparently all those hours we spent running could have been better spent cleaning and organizing! I rather run…

Hungry Hungry

Why suddenly did your normal diet turn into a train wreck and you find yourself eating and wanting foods that a. don’t usually go together or b. are so bad for you!  I have had a sudden urge to eat spicy Ro*Tel and cream cheese dip on salty tortilla chips followed by a Sara Lee Devil’s Food Crème Cake all while enjoying a cold brew.  I’m out of control.  My body is freaking out and it’s craving all kinds of weird things.  I’m just going with it.  I’m afraid to tell myself no because I might lose it. devils-food-creme-cakes_0

 

Gimme a Bubble

Around this time, you start to become really conscious that any little thing could cause you to get hurt and not be able to run.  A stubbed toe scares you death!  Did you break it?!  A weird pull in your hip terrifies you!  What is that?  You suddenly feel like you want to purchase a huge plastic bubble ball and live in it for a few weeks.S1510008+

 Zero to 60
Everything seems to be on extremes!  You can go from feeling happy and calm to crazy and stressed in the blink of an eye!  You were once a rational person and suddenly, every little thing bothers you.  You are on the verge of tears one minute and laughing the next.  If guys ever want to know what it’s like to have PMS, try tapering.  It’s about the same except you can’t run, which is usually what you would do to feel better.  Hence the vicious zero to 60 cycle!

Fashionista

All of a sudden you become very concerned with what you are going to wear for race day!  I just bought a running skirt last week for my race because I didn’t want to take a race picture in one of the other half dozen I already own.  Seriously.  I already know which tank I have to wear because it is the least likely to give me chafing (which is a good thing!) but now the weather might be in the 30’s and I’m second guessing my original plan of what to wear!

Weather Craziness

The weather app on my phone has been working overtime.  I have been obsessed with checking it.  At one point, I saw this post on Facebook and I about lost it?!  Snow?!  Really?!  Luckily Nick’s a weather guy at heart and he calmed me down.  Cara told me to stop checking my app until Thursday.  I might have snuck a few peeks…weather

Has anyone else experienced any of the taper craziness?  What am I missing?  Share it with me!

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Happy Week!

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