Taper Crazies

7 Mar

We are 10 days away from Shamrock, which means I have been in faux-taper mode all week.  Faux-taper because, well, I’m not really cutting back on overall miles this week (I’ll run ~40-42 this week), but I’m distributing them differently (6-8 miles on weekday runs and a 13 mile long run).  Next week I’ll cut back more drastically prior to the race – I plan on putting in around 12-15, not counting the race itself, obviously.

I’ve said I’m running this race for fun about as many times as Miley has claimed to be quitting social media, and I think it’s about just as believable at this point.  My “goal” race for this spring is still Buffalo at the end of May, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted to start off aggressively at Shamrock and see how it goes.

This is probably why I am still feeling the taper crazies, even though I’m not really tapering per se.  Here is a glimpse into the mess that is my brain as of late:

I am way too self-aware on every. single. run.
My hip started acting up last weekend. A little bruising, a little swelling.  Being the smart, accredited health professional that I am (</sarcasm>), I diagnosed myself with hip bursitis.  I stretched, I rolled, I iced.  I iced so much, I gave myself a mild case of frostbite.

I shall change my name to FrostbitRunner.  Or maybe DumbRunner ...

I shall change my name to FrostbitRunner. Or maybe DumbRunner …

That was 2 days after said icing incident.  Yeah.  I iced the HELL out of my hip.

Anyway, the hip freaked me out so bad that now my brain can’t shut out every single twinge or tightness or tweak or … well, I’m running out of alliterative descriptors so I’ll stop now, but you get the point.  It’s turning me into a crazy person, but it is improving my relationship with my foam roller.

I am engaging in retail therapy.
I ordered a few Shamrock themed items for the race, a new pair of running shoes, a new pair of non-running shoes, new sink strainers for the kitchen, new treats for the dog, and walked out with almost $200 worth of stuff from Target when I went in to buy a bottle of shampoo and conditioner. Send help. I am so so sorry, credit card.

I am eating far too much candy.
I don’t typically have much of a sweet tooth – I’d rather have cheese and crackers over a brownie any day of the week – but these freaking peanut butter eggs have been in abundance at work and I have had at least one every single day this week. I mean, whatever, carbo-loading, right? I’m definitely not up tight about my diet. I just can’t figure out why all of a sudden I have a deep-seated need for peanut butter and chocolate.



I am reading too many running forums/pace prediction forums.
I’m planning to write more about this later, because in writing this draft, I realized I have a lot of thoughts on the subject.  But the reader’s digest version is that what works for me, might not work for you – and vice versa.  I need to stop comparing my training to what others have done and the results they have achieved.  I want to keep building my mileage and keep becoming a stronger runner.  Race times will fall where they may.

I am really excited for spring.
It’s gotten up to 40 degrees or so this week, and combined with the longer days and daylight savings time approaching, I’ve started to get really amped about spring/summer.  Lake hangouts, barbecues, getting the boat out of storage, hitting up my favorite non-snow covered tracks and trails – SO PSYCHED.

I am SO HAPPY for my IRL best buddy.
I want to tell all of you to immediately go say hi to my BFF and read about her Couch to 5K adventures.  She recently lost 30lbs, is continuing to shed weight, and DECIDED SHE WANTS TO START RUNNING !!!11!~  She just started this week, already doesn’t hate it (a complete win, in my book) and obviously I’m spending a lot of time daydreaming about us running marathons together someday.


2 Responses to “Taper Crazies”

  1. Hollie March 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    So much for me to comment about. I can’t wait to see/meet you at Shamrock (so funny we are going to meet in VA but live so close in NY! But also don’t feel any pressure from me like we have to meet…I totally understand the race routine!). I’m the same way, Shamrock half for me isn’t my goal race but I would also be lying if I said I still didn’t want to do really well.

    Anyways I hope your leg/hip feels better. I have always found during taper that my brain acts up and I feel more injured then I legit am.

    • upstaterunner March 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      Haha, not at all, I’m excited! Just don’t expect stunning wit or charming conversation – I’ll probably be half dead, trying to remain in an upright position 😀

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