YOU GUYS. The Cleveland Half Marathon is one week from yesterday. I can't believe it's here already! I swear, it feels like I just started training the other day and not, y'know, three months ago.
Here's the run down from last week:
Tuesday: 3 miles
Friday: 2 miles
Sunday: 2.5 miles
For the past 10 weeks I've been following one of Hal Higdon's training plans, the same plan I used for my second half-marathon. The plan only allows for one week of tapering but the more I was reading about tapering the more I realized longer tapers were encouraged. So, I improvised and started doing research.
Much of what I read suggested 14 day taper window for half-marathon. While reading up on tapering, I came across this piece from Jeff Galloway and decided to go with that. His Run-Walk-Run method has been the most amazing thing ever, so I see no reason to stop trusting him now. Of course, the flip side of going by time is that if you're a slow runner like me you can't get a lot of mileage in but I'm going to try and trust the plan. Sunday's race will of course be the true test so I'm a little anxious, but not much I can do about it now.
Of course, my cats Chloe and Linus have spent the past 11 weeks with me waking up at 5:30 am every morning so they were a little confused last Wednesday when I was still in bed at 7:30.
Tapering means cutting back on exercise and in turn my body suddenly wants to EAT ALL THE FOODS. I'm trying really, really hard to make good choices when that happens (with occasional splurges, of course). I'm also trying really hard to not let the scale freak me out. I've been weighing myself at home and as of this morning I'm 8 pounds up but it is what it is and I feel confident in my food decisions. If nothing else, at least my body image seems to be back to a more positive place!
My plan for this upcoming week -- my final week of training! -- is to not go stir crazy from tapering, stay hydrated, get lots and lots of sleep, not over analyze the weather forecast too much, and to remember that food is fuel and I'm not going to be successful if I fill it with crap.
Wish me luck!
Love from the ashes,