Monday, October 31, 2016

Taper Begins


I am linking up with my awesome running gal pals for the Weekly Wrap!

Join in with Holly @ hohoruns and Tricia@ MissSippiPiddlin  






My chart is filtered to show running mileage for the week. 29.29 miles...and the last time I do any taxing workouts. 
My legs are tired! So very tired...I plan to keep it low key from here on out. 


My legs are taking so long to recover from my 20 miler last weekend.  Technically, I don't think the 20 miler did me in, I think running a few days after it did. LOL 
I took Sunday and Monday off for my feet after my 20 miler. Tuesday's (25th) 8 was a hilly run and I did my best to hold a steady pace. I felt all kinds of leg fatigue the next day! The Shredded 8 was the nail in the coffin. My legs felt so fatigued during the warm up mile, but I pushed my 1/4 mile picks up for seven miles, and then ran one cool down mile. When I was done I felt something in my legs I have never felt before. I think piling miles on top of that long run was the biggest challenge I have ever faced.
I know a lot of training plans do a few 20's - I think I would end up injured, unless I took 4 or 5 days to rest before running again. 
I am fatigued to a whole new level. I hope the next two weeks are enough to get some zip back in me before race day. 
I have been trying to roll out sore spots on my ball and use my stick roller. 

I struggled last week trying to fight off a cold. Saturday I finally had to give in. My head was so stuffy when I woke up, I rolled back over and slept. I waited until Sunday to run, it was the right call. I actually decided to sleep in Sunday and run in the sunlight. I am not a fan of late day running, but it felt awesome to sleep and I do need to practice race day. I've done a handful of late day runs in this training cycle trying to prepare myself, but I am still praying I get a nice cold day! In 70 degrees I was able to maintain my (just barely) goal race pace, but I was putting out a lot of effort - made me wonder if I could hang on to it another few hours...likely not. 

October 2016, holds a few milestones for me. My longest runs ever...first 18, then 20, and my highest mileage ever.  The month has flown by! I have barely had a chance to even acknowledge to myself what I accomplished...I am too tired to hold a thought LOL  It is a good thing I blog, or I may not have taken a moment to reflect. 

It feels weird seeing all those miles! I probably will not see that again...maybe ever! 

Tell me about your highest mileage month! 
Happy Halloween :) 


43 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of miles! I don't think I've come close to that, ever! My marathon training is pretty low mileage with my longest run being 18 miles. No point in trashing these old legs!

    Enjoy your taper! You are ready!

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    1. I think the 20 really helped me though- especially since i ran the course. I know I can do it now :) I didn't realize I had that many miles in the plan LOL I would have more scared if I totaled it all before I started!

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  2. wooohooo!!! Enjoy the taper, Karen! I bet in a week you will be itching to run more again! :) It always takes me a solid week to feel "normal" again, so you are right to be tired!

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    1. Hi Robyn :) That is good news!! I am so worried I will never feel normal again LOL I was sluggish today lol but the weather was beautiful!

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  3. Yay for taper! I hope it goes well and you're all rested up for the big race :) I love that photo of you with the cat. She looks so curious about the camera!

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    1. It was hard to get BooBoo to look LOL but yesm I think he noticed the cat in the camera.
      I hope i feel normal soon lol

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  4. That is a lot of miles!! You need some good and long rest!! gotta get yourself ready and rested for the marathon! You got this!

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    1. Thanks Ana! I was surprised by my miles this month...I didn't add anything up month by month so I had no idea..

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  5. Look at your miles you've built up to - thats so amazing!!! You are my hero!
    Glad you took that time to rest. Sometimes your body just lets you know, you gotta take a day & stay in bed

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    1. Thank you :) I didn't really believe this was possible a short time ago.
      I feel like i neeed about a week in bed lol

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  6. Go girl! 156 is no joke. I don't track my mileage but since I only do like 30-35 a week at the most, I barely ever hit that much! Don't worry I have never done more than one 20 miler for a marathon.

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    1. Thanks! That is good mileage, those 30 + mile weeks wore me out!
      The 20 sealed the deal for me. I do wonder if I would feel as confident if I had only done 16 or 18's...at least for my first marathon I needed the 20. I guess I shouldn't get too confident, I need to finish the race first lol

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  7. Wow, 156 miles is very impressive! I have only hit 100 miles per month a couple of times...unfortunately, I stay injured too much to reach those kind of miles. Sounds like you are more than ready for your marathon...go get'em!

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    1. I feel your pain...I have been through several injuries and i had pain all throughout this process, but the intervals really helped. I still have the capsulitis problem on my right foot.
      Thanks! I don't this will be my norm LOL

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  8. That cumulative fatigue will get you. I'm fighting that right now. Just think how solid your legs will be after the taper and how good they will be on race day.

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    1. It is no joke. I have never felt quite so tired -my legs are toast. I hope two weeks is enough to give me full power! I am getting excited now :)

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  9. Way to push hard, Karen. Now is your time to rest and relax and get ready for your big race!!

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    1. I am working on the relaxing right now :) I think I may turn out the light for trick or treaters even :/

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  10. I always take several days off after my long runs. Give those legs a rest, enjoy the taper, you have done the work so now just pray for cooler temps !

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    1. This is the longest I've ever taken to feel better...that is good to know it is not just me. I may have to skip my last double digit run. Happy travels to ya!

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  11. Welcome to your taper!!! It's one of my favorite parts of the marathon training cycle. =) Take advantage of the time to rest up and heal those niggles!!! So sorry to hear you weren't feeling 100% last week, in those instances it's very smart to get more sleep. Congratulations on knocking out so many new PDRs this month and rocking out such high mileage!!!

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    1. Thank you ! I am having all kinds of weird pains right now. LOL I need them to stop...
      Sleep is always the answer for me! I seem to a huge amount.

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  12. I am SO with you on all the crazy thoughts about realizing what we have done...we both had big mileage months and WEEKS. I'm glad I'm documenting all of this on the blog, because it's hard to grasp the reality of it.

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    1. Yes! I really still can't believe I ran that much lol I kept thinking something must be wrong...but, nope. It is nice we can document it :)

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  13. Wow! That is a lot of miles in one month. Congrats! I do not think I ever ran that many miles in one month in all 11 marathons I did. That's very impressive. I can't believe how fast October flew by.

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    1. Thanks! I wanted to train so I felt ready lol
      I bet I will never do it again.
      11 is impressive, I can imagine wanting to so this again!

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  14. Awesome mileage! I hope your legs do feel fresher for the race!!!!

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  15. I know what you mean about the mileage after the long run tiring you out. Same think happened to me so I shortened a run and was no worse for it. Sometimes you just have to listen to your legs!

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    1. I am thinking that may happen for my last few runs :) i am leaning toward taking a few miles off them all right now lol

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  16. I sure hope you feel better soon, Karen! I have been fighting a cold too. It's no fun. Congrats on the BIG miles!!!

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    1. Thank you Raina! That was a crazy amount of miles for me, I think I am ready to run a marathon now :)

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  17. I always get a cold during taper, too! It's like my body just knows it's time to give in. I hope it passes quickly so you're feeling refreshed by race day!!

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    1. It seems like we are so vulnerable in taper to get sick or a cold. I am feeling better already, and I am finally feeling a little of the soreness subside...I was feeling pankiy I was so sore. 10 days :)

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  18. Ah! I so feel you about those tired legs. I've felt that way for so long, and it feels so different--and awesome--to not be tired anymore! One of the reasons my training plan only goes to 16 miles for the long run is exactly what you're describing--it takes too long to recover so it's hard to continue quality training right after to continue the training benefits. Holding your pace in 70 degrees is awesome! Kudos!

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    1. Thanks! I am still hoping I don't have to deal with 70 race day but who knows!!!
      I thought about not going past 16 or 18 originally but I decided I "needed" it :/ I am tired though for sure!!!!

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  19. You've really put in the miles! I think my highest month was 135 (I'd have to do some research!). I hope you have those feet propped up right this minute! You've worked very hard to get to this point. First, rest. Then, soak it all in. Lastly, enjoy every step -- no matter what the day brings. You only get one first marathon. I'm soooooo excited for you. Thanks for linking, Karen!

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    1. I really didn't realize how hard I worked till the end of the month!!! I sooooooo want this to be a great experience- I don't think I can do this again!!!

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  20. Your kitty is so pretty! Congrats on making it to taper time, I am so happy for you, I know you worked so hard and had a lot of overcome to get here. and all those miles!

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    1. Thank you Christy!! I still have moments where it doesn't seem real :)
      BooBoo is a good kitty.

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  21. You have had an amazing month Karen, yes a few hiccups here and there but dang look what you've accomplished! So have you decided to do the half or the full in PCB??? Inquiring minds want to know! I can't wait to meet you!

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    1. I am excited to meet you too! I am sticking with the half for PCB - I want to see how my foot holds up race day - truthfully I can't imagine training like this again!
      I did consider the whole but then I rembered how sunny it would be at the beach and realized that was crazy LOL

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