I spent the weekend getting prepared for the week ahead. I did laundry, cleaned, donated some old clothes, and worked to get ahead for the week. I also packed for Boston so that I don’t have to stress about it this week. It is a really busy time at work, and I know I will be jamming a lot into these last three week days. Not that glamorous, but so productive.
The sunrise is always my favorite part of the day. We got an extra pinky red one earlier this week since a storm came through.
I made bison meatballs from Run Fast Eat Slow again for my pre “long run” meal. Only instead of regular pasta, I used this fun runner shaped pasta.
This past week was when the taper feels started to sink in. And by taper feels, I mean overwhelming self doubt. I do my best to acknowledge these thoughts and move on with my day.
- If you didn’t care, you wouldn’t feel nervous. You are just feeling this way because you are invested.
- No matter what happens on race day, you have accomplished something phenomenal and pushed your body to new limits. Each training cycle, your body does something new it has never done before. That’s pretty special.
- Stay busy in a non-physically taxing way. Need to go through your old sweatshirt collection? What to volunteer extra hours? Now’s the time. Distracting yourself from consuming thoughts of self doubt is a great way to move past them. Just don’t volunteer to do something super physical if you can help it 🙂
- Get a massage, get your nails done for race day, prep your race kit. Doing things to help you be prepared will calm those nerves.
- Review your training log and remind yourself of all the hard work you’ve put in.
- Read about the course, learn the elevation changes, and remind yourself what to expect and when to expect it.
- Plan your post race meal or treat – I am thinking a beer with pizza or sweet potato fries!
What do you do when you start taper trapping?