I had a few travel days for work and then I was able to be home the rest of the week and weekend. I NEEDED that. My body and mind were tired.
- PLAN- 4 miles easy
- ACTUAL- 4 miles 8:53 pace and PT
It was a struggle. I ran before my PT appointment and I was so glad to finally get in. As expected, tightness in my right hip, left glute, and now my right quad. So, all three were dry needled and it felt better. I rode down to Mobile for work with my mom and was exhausted. Probably slept 9-10 hours?
- PLAN- rest day/cross train
- ACTUAL- rest day
I decided to focus on foam rolling and stretching and not worry about cross training.
- PLAN- rest day
- ACTUAL- rest day
I flew home to Atlanta and FINALLY had a home cooked meal in my own kitchen.
- PLAN- 6 miles. 1.5 easy, 3 tempo 7:00-7:20, 1.5 easy
- ACTUAL- 1.5 easy, 7:16, 7:17, 7:24, 1.5 easy
My first run with a new hydration belt that I will be using during the marathon (previous one moved too much). An adjustment at first, but I think I will like having my own fuel. The run itself felt AMAZING. I felt likeI was using much less effort than I had used on the the last few tempo runs.Friday:
- PLAN- rest
- ACTUAL- rest and PT
Another dry needling session at PT and felt better (tightened up after my tempo). Rich and I had a date night at the Oakland Cemetery Tour and LOVED it. The cemetery is a historic sight in Atlanta with several famous people buried in it. Each year, several of the cemetery “guests” come to life and tell their story near their grave. The tickets sell out months in advance (it’s that popular) and I’m so glad I remembered to get them early. We will definitely make this a tradition!
- PLAN- 12 miles. 3 easy, 6 MGP, 3 easy
- ACTUAL- 8 miles. 2 easy, 4 MGP, 2 easy. (8:03, 8:10, 8:09, 7:54)
I decided to do a little less than was on my plan. I also made it a “practice” day and got up and ate my race day breakfast and then ran at 10am (like I will on race day). I felt a little off the first few miles and then the MGP felt easy. I was PUMPED. A strong run. I could’ve done 12, but I wanted to do a little less and give my body the rest it deserves.
I spent the rest of the day baking. Over the course of the weekend I made all the pumpkin things. Pumpkin Apple Butter, Pumpkin Muffins (easy and amazing and will be a staple from now on shown below with apple butter on top), Pumpkin Pancakes (I used spelt flour and honey) and 3 Pumpkin Rolls. Sunday:
- PLAN- 4 miles recovery
- ACTUAL- 4 miles 8:10 pace
Rich and I got up early to volunteer at the Atlanta Track Club 10 miler (and 5K). We were at the Kilometer Kids station, which is always entertaining. I packed my running clothes in the car and ran home when we were done volunteering (another 10am run). Another great run. Gosh, the taper is amazing. I love having my energy back!
That afternoon I went to an end of the season party for Rich’s tri team (Team Podium) and then had a pumpkin carving party with some of my girlfriends. It was only appropriate to make a running themed pumpkin!
It was a really great week. I finally got some rest, was able to get some quality time in with friends and family, and had solid taper runs.
My quad is still a bit tight and I will see my chiro, massage therapist and PT all before I leave on Friday so I know I will be ready. The taper hasn’t made me too crazy. I definitely have had some emotional outbursts over stupid stuff, but my mind feels clear and positive regarding the actual race. And, I can’t stop eating.
Do you get the taper crazies? Do you like halloween or prefer to skip it? Have you carved a pumpkin yet? Eat all the pumpkin things or think it’s over kill?