Thursday, September 11, 2008

Taper??

I didn't want to run this morning (I took Wednesday off too). My plan was to run today, tomorrow and Saturday before the race. Nothing fast or fancy - just little runs to keep my muscles fresh and ready. So I decided to run this afternoon and it didn't feel good.

1. Too many cars
2. People staring at me
3. My body isn't used to it

I have gotten so used to running with no one around that it was weird to have people watching me run. I actually felt self conscious and I was angry towards the end when a car came a little too close to me. Maybe my body got so used to running in the morning that it didn't like the change...It is weird because last year I was able to preform for 4-6pm bball practice all the time with no trouble. It's probably all mental.

Three days until the half marathon - I made my list of things I will need today at work. I looked at the forecast there is a possibility for rain so I had the idea that I will put the disposable camera in a zip lock bag so that it wont get too damaged. I was also thinking about showering the morning of the race so that I will look better in all the photos and not have morning "friz-tastic" gross hair.

Apparently everyone is obsessed with tapering. I will now put my two cents in - to me tapering is running without a watch. For me that is the most relaxed type of running because mentally I am always racing against the clock. If I don't have my watch, then my body and mind is able to relax. After reading many other blogs, that seems to be the biggest problem - relaxing and not being nervous for the race. I know that everyone who is racing this weekend will do great, and even if you are not racing I hope that you have a great weekend run!


Do you remember where you were 7 years ago today??

8 comments:

Frayed Laces said...

It's weird how weird running at your non-normal time can be.

Mark Salinas said...

I love the runners high! 7 years ago...I was at work. I remember everything by sight, sound!

tfh said...

Good luck on your race! I hope the weather is good for you. And I agree on the pre-race shower. Hey, whatever builds confidence, right?

Rachel said...

good luck on the race this weekend. tapering will make you sharp on race day.

The Happy Runner said...

I'm all for the pre-race shower. I think it helps warm up the muscles, too.

Good luck with the race!

Girl on Top said...

Good luck on your race.

I hate looking awful in race pics too so you should def. consider the shower, although if it rains...

But on the brighter side, as long as you're prepared!

*aron* said...

ohhh good luck on your race! i cant wait to hear how it goes!!!

D10 said...

Good luck. I too am always racing against the clock. I actually feel a little lost when I don't time myself.

Hope the rain holds off. You are going to do great.