Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Taper Madness

Since I have been blogging for a few years, I’ve noticed that I’m good for a few different types of posts each year. There is the “OH MY GOD, it is so hot that my face is melting off” post in July. The “Here are the new year’s resolutions that I’m going to ignore starting February” post at the beginning of the year. And the “I’m trying to be a good runner and taper but not running makes me want to punch coworkers in the face and oh by the way did I mention that running low mileage makes me constipated?**” post once in the spring and once in the fall. The last one is a mouthful***. Well, since it is sort of late spring, you get the last post****. Taper time.

This weekend, I’m running the Marathon to Marathon in Iowa. It starts in Storm Lake, IA and runs to Marathon, IA – which just happens to be 25 miles from where I grew up and where my dad still lives. A homecoming run of sorts. My wife is trying to coordinate a chain of relatives and well-wishers to cheer me on for the entire 26.2 miles – at least that is what it seems like.

This race is going to be my last “A” race of the spring. In fact, it is really my only “A” marathon (“A” marathon = balls out racing) of the year thus far. So, it is kind of a big deal. My goal will be to shave 4 min off of my PR and my stretch goal will be to shave nearly 9 minutes off of it. Somewhere between 3:15 and 3:20. Admittedly a large task for me. So, because I need every advantage I can get, I am actually going to taper. But, tapering makes me antsy, and hungry, and constipated. You know what they say about idle hands they are constipated? they get bored and do bad stuff.



But, I’m going to trust my training and do the taper thing. I’m going to keep my muscles loose by still running 75% and 50% of peak miles (or, 60% and 30% - whatever) and heal/rest up for the big day. Because if I don’t, you’ll all get to see the other post I do on a regular basis. The “I missed my goal, but I’m not going to bitch TOO much about it to seem like a wine bag” post that comes around after I have a shitshow of a race……nobody wants to read that one.


**Yep, totally understand that is a massive run on sentence
***That’s what she said
****For the record, I couldn’t even begin to tell you my new year’s resolutions


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I have prizes!!! That’s right, I’ve collected some GREAT prizes to be given away to the participants of my Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual Race on June 25th. Head over to this post to enter!!


Prizes thus far are:
Ryders Eyewear Tweaker SL

GU Chocolate Raspberry Roctane

Road ID gift card good for any single Road ID product they offer, including the new Slim

27 comments:

Run with Jess said...

O' just trust the taper already... you freakin' got this thing!

bobbi said...

Good luck!! Oh, and there's no taper madness happening over here. None whatsoever. Nuh uh.

Molly @ the F-spot said...

I grew up in Iowa! (Lenox - in the southwest corner, just hit by a tornado...)

I went back for RAGBRAI last year, which went through Storm Lake. My family has had a house on Lake Okoboji since my mom was 8. I went to school at UNI. But enough about me...

Iowa - good people come from there!

Good luck with your taper. I'm no good at it either... You've definitely got training in the heat on your side, but good luck re-acclimating to the humidity. I've heard it's brutal right now.

undeterrable said...

Maybe I should start blaming my extreme crankiness on tapering? Because good lord I almost smacked someone at work today. He totally deserved it, but still. I'd like to think I have more control than that. Must be the taper...

Best of luck with the race!

XLMIC said...

Okay…my new anti-constipation secret…magnesium. Totally serious here. This is what I am using: Rainbow Light Magnesium Calcium+ (bio-balanced bone matrix) food-based formula…soothes sore muscles and cramping, 1000 mg Magnesium & 500 mg Calcium, herbal muscular support. That's what it says on the front. Mg has a laxative-effect but not in a 'piss out you butt' kind of way. And it is not habit forming like other laxative stuff. And the Mg is good for athletes to help with muscle soreness and inflammation. Let me know if you want anymore info :) Wishing you the best with the taper and race!

giraffy said...

I am obsessed with that chocolate raspberry GU. Ob-freaking-sessed. Must have it. Hard to justify when you're barely breaking 10 mile weeks .....

It's totally normal to afternoon-snack GU, right?

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I ran 45 miles the week before my PR marathon including a double - total 14 miles - the day before. And I'm CRAZY. So yeah, you should taper! Ha.

The Green Girl said...

Good luck, Adam!

Alma said...

Good luck!

Brian said...

Good luck Adam, the homecoming-type marathon sounds awesome and you'll probably be able to combine your race report with a "it's so hot your face melted off" post.

I've only tapered once and it drove me crazy, too. I can't say that I had any constipation, though!

Aging Novice Runner said...

I am also in taper mode (Grandma's!), but I am a taper virgin along with being a marathon virgin. So I don't know how to behave. I'm already antsy and just posted a bunch of unflattering photos of myself on my blog. Idle hands should be put under heavy objects until marathon day to prevent them from doing stupid sh*t.

Jamoosh said...

So, if I run a 10K (two SWTYO 5Ks) do I get two entries into the prize drawing? How about three SWYTO 5Ks...

Kovas said...

So maybe each relative could give you a subtle push and you will totally kick Iowa butt.

Jill said...

Have a great race at M2M - so wish I were able to run it, it's been on my bucket list for 20 years now.(I am registered though....so am one step closer!! :)).

funderson said...

Ah...nothing like a massive run on..... Enjoy your taper!

Runners Fuel said...

I get really crabby when I taper.

tahoegirl said...

Good luck! Iowa has got to be much cooler than AZ. That should make you faster right there.

C2Iowa said...

You have the PR in the bag! The temp will 50* at the start with a small headwind. It all looks good.

Nobel4Lit said...

For some reason, I didn't know it was race time for you already. Go get 'em!!!

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I have never experienced any taper madness. This is either because I've never properly trained for a race, or my body prefers being lazy above all else. Either one.

Emily said...

GOOD LUCK!! That 3:20 needs to be broken!

Kate said...

Good luck!

I have to say, though, that after my last couple races I'd welcome race-day constipation because it certainly beats its opposite.

Jeri said...

Looks like the heat wave has passed and been replaced by a cool front up here, so it might be prime conditions for a bang-up PR. NO EXCUSES run hard and run strong. Can't wait to hear how it goes!!!!!

Shawn said...

Your a madman...kick a$$

Shelaine said...

Good Luck!

Dash said...

Sending TONS of good wishes for an AWESOME RACE!

Allison said...

Good luck! I'm sure having everyone cheering along the way will be just the extra boost you need to crush this race.