Update on Marathon Training and tapering makes me crazy

October 1, 2015|Posted in: Chicago, Running

2011 Chicago Marathon
(Crossing the finish line of my first marathon with my friend Christy – in Chicago!)

The 2015 Chicago Marathon is 11 days away. I am 11 days away from running 26.2 miles. Am I prepared? As much as I’m going to be.

I have mentioned a couple times in some previous posts that while I have been keeping up with my long runs on the weekends, the shorter runs during the week haven’t been as great. I have to do them on my treadmill in my garage which makes for a really sweaty and uncomfortable workout. I also have limited time to do them so I’m squeezing them in around 5 am. I have gotten up to run when I should but I just haven’t run as hard or far as I should have during the week.

I’ve also been slacking on some of my strength training and cross training. I have only been doing this about 1 day a week which I am kicking myself for now. The truth is I have just had a lot going on so I haven’t had the time to dedicate to my training as I have for the other three marathons I’ve run.

My long runs have gone really well though since I joined my training group. I have completed them all and felt pretty strong. They were tough but I got through them and felt good afterwards.

At this point in training, there is really nothing you can do to make your race better. The bulk of the training is done and trying to do more than you should only risks you for injury. I’ve done what I can and I just have to trust the training that I’ve completed to get me through the race.

So what are my race goals? To finish, enjoy running through my favorite city, and have a great time! I know this probably won’t be my fastest marathon but that’s okay. I run them because I enjoy it.

The longest runs are over with (until the big 26.2 of course) and I have one more long run this weekend which is 10 miles. I know it sounds crazy but after running 20 miles twice already, ten sounds like a breeze!!

So I am in the taper phase of the marathon which lasts the 2 weeks before the race. It makes you a little bonkers because all the time you spent preparing and building up mileage is gone, you are supposed to run fewer miles than you have, and just rest/carb up. It feels weird to slow down on mileage with a big race ahead but this is what the body needs before that type of run.

Your body has to rest and the muscles have to build from all the hard work. It’s hard to realize that your body is doing this and you are still training but you feel like you’re doing so much less. Right now I just have to train my mind for the race. It’s mentally hard just as much as physically hard. I try to stay positive throughout the whole thing.

Next week I am traveling for work so that will help keep my mind off of the race and the crazy taper weeks. I plan to run a couple times while I’m traveling – Tuesday and Wednesday. Then I will do a short run of about 2 or 3 miles on Friday. That’s it! Then I rest up for the race two days later. And eat all of the carbs in front of me before then.

All I really want is a happy, healthy, and somewhat speedy race! I can’t wait to run the streets of Chicago again!

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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