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Taper Madness: Dealing with those last few days (Revisit)


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Good day all! I had a great weekend! After a night out with friends Friday, Saturday was chill and relaxing (with quite a bit of “me” time on Saturday); and then in vivid contrast Sunday was chill and relaxing (with double the friends and waaaay more movement!) . Oh, and I had pizza both nights. And froyo on Friday (ps, the Taro flavor by Forever Yogurt is actually delicious!). And I baked. And made 3x Protein Egg Cups. And I raided Fresh Market which was awesome (allllll the trail mix and nuts and fun food finds).

Yup. It was a goooood weekend. So, let’s hit the ground running this week! harhar I so funny. 

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

HOLY BALLS PEOPLE. In 2 short short weeks, I WILL be calling myself a 2x marathoner. It’s going to happen if it kills me. I have to say that I feel like I am in just the state of mind that I need to be before the big day. Kind of like with my wedding: in both of these cases, I am going in with the idea that I’ve done the leg work (this time way more literally), I’ve prepped, I’ve planned, but I’m honestly not putting any pressure on the big day itself, other than to accomplish the main goal in a timely fashion, have fun, and just enjoy it as best I can. I can only control the day as much as I can, but I can control my reaction to it.

So in the spirit of the taper season that I know many of us are in the midst of, are entering, will enter, or perhaps you will never taper but you have something else to which you can apply these sage words of wisdom, I wanted to repost my advice from earlier in the summer. Many of you will remember of it, but with so many new faces (hi, y’all!), I thought it worth sharing again. And Mama Salt, getcho self back here. We (I) miss you.

(Repost from my post here to end)

Speaking of the importance of comments…. I wanted to share with you all a few bits of advice that I left on #mamasalt’s blog on Thursday. Our dear Salt is running her first marathon on Sunday (edited to add–and she was incredible!); we all know that she, like any one else nights before their big race, is living rife with anticipation, phantom pains, and starting to build that adrenaline.

Pre Marathon Nerves (no joke--morning of MCM)

Pre Marathon Nerves (no joke–morning of MCM)

The last few days before one’s first marathon/half marathon/5k/goal race are, in my mine, among the top tests of the entirety of one’s training: how you handle the thoughts racing through your mind will play a huge role in how your legs race over the ground on race day. In those last few days, you question everything about your past, your present, your future: did you do enough training (past), are your resting/hydrating/fueling/stretching enough or too much (present), and what if it rains? What if you drink/eat too much beforehand? What if your stomach goes? What if your IT band/plantar fasciitis/calf acts up? (future).

calm down

Oh, my friends, I know all to well what you are dealing with. If you recall from my MCM recap, I mentioned that I had a hell of a time in the month and a half leading up to my marathon, after an otherwise picture perfect training. I didn’t know if I would make it to mile 10, much less 26.2. That morning, I felt physically ill with nerves. But then I ran. And it was an experience that changed my life.

I am not guaranteeing that everyone’s marathon/race will go perfectly. Believe me, I saw people in tears, people being attended by medics. I saw disappointment. But I also saw (and I personally felt) elation. The risk is worth the potential reward.


In the comments of Mama Salt’s post, she asked for any last advice.

Here is what I (Suz) had to say:

I’m so proud of you. I know people say things like this all the time, but the marathon itself is just a victory lap. The training is the hardest part–you have to go after it, week after week, deal with injuries, put in the time, the training, the $$. All for several hours on one particular day when you might get a side stitch and ruin everything. So, no matter what happens, be so freaking proud of yourself. Now and in a few days. All that will change is that you get a medal and some pictures. But you are already a marathoner.
10 pieces of advice:

  3. Go with your gut–literally. Eat/drink etc what you know works.
  4. Ask questions. Everyone knows what it is like before your first marathon. But unlike the other type of virginity, people are willing to talk openly about marathoning in front of children.
  5. Run without music for as long as possible and soak it all up.
  6. Start off slower than you think you need to. This first marathon is about finishing. And with style
  7. Body Glide. EVERYWHERE. Feet, bra straps, underwear, compression sock tops. Where the tongue of your shoe is (trust me). And Sunscreen and bug spray. And take bandaids and kleenex with you.
  8. Hydrate like crazy the day before, have a big water the morning of, then lay off.
  9. Don’t freak out if things go wrong. It’s not a crisis. It is a problem. You’re a mom. SOLVE IT.

Finish with a #mamasalt bath 😀 Love you and don’t worry, you got this.

I share this with all of you. And if you are not a mom, well then substitute “you’re a big girl.”

couch cat

Good luck to all of my past/present/future friends racing this weekend or in the weeks to come. Take this advice to heart and know that you are a champion. You don’t need a medal to prove it, though it is nice. You have done more than many could ever fathom.

Any other pieces of advice to add to help people get through those last few days?

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