Friday, October 7, 2011

Fitness Friday: Taper Madness

We are now into the SINGLE DIGIT countdown to the Grand Rapids Marathon!!!!  9 days, baby!

A few random thoughts about "taper madness"

  • You become completely germ-obsessed: since I've been sick for the past almost 2 weeks now, apparently I wasn't germ-obsessed enough.
  • You become a self-proclaimed meteorologist: I seriously need to stay away from all sites weather-related. As a bonus, the long-term forecast for Sunday, October 16th is partly cloudy with a high of 58* and a low of 44*.  Winds at 11 mph and only a 20% chance of precipitation.  Now, understand this is Michigan and as they say, "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change" so who freaking knows what it will REALLY be like race morning.
  • You feel every little twinge and sore spot on your body.  Today, it's my left ankle, right knee, both calves, and my the breathing issues are coming back (which makes me think the breathing crap is TOTALLY anxiety).
  • You make 52 trips to the running store in 24 hours: side bonus - you are supporting the local economy and this will also help you keep your Foursquare "mayor" status.  
  • You question every missed workout and every workout that didn't go as planned.  Then, you realize they were all learning experiences and you write a blog post about all the miles you've banked while training for this marathon.
  • You decide to cut out alcohol until after the race, but then you drink 1/2 a bottle of wine because you're stressed out and start chatting with your friends on twitter about entering Tough Mudder Indiana in 2012. (Don't worry, I came to my senses - it'll be too freaking COLD in March and I have no upper body strength to get thru the first obstacle.)
  • You check and re-check every piece of gear you own, setting out your race-day outfit a full week in advance.  Speaking of race-day outfits, have you entered my giveaway for a custom-designed tech shirt from My Race Ragz?
So, fellow victims of Taper Madness.  Did I miss anything?  What do you freak out about in the couple weeks leading up to a big race?

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