Taper Week Shenanigans

My first marathon is right around the corner! I’ve been too excited and worrisome to write a proper post lately, but I do want to capture some shenanigans that my taper weeks brought.

1. Starting a taper week with a rolled ankle is one way of ensuring you slow down and take it easy, although not a preferred way. I curse those gravel paths with phantom hands.

2. Never underestimate the power of ice when your ankle is swollen! 20 minutes on, 40 minutes off, repeat 2 more times and let your puppy lick the cold bag while you sit on your butt! Your bones will thank you later!

3. A food journal is especially useful during taper week to show you just how much you’ve been eating now that you aren’t running as many miles. However, I didn’t do this so all I have to show for it are my nagging suspicions that I ate too much. Carb-loading in advance, right? 🙂

4. Making a proper packing list should be an activity during taper week so you can ensure all needed pre-race, race day, and post-race items are with you for your big event.

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The packing list that wasn't.

Sadly, I definitely didn’t do number 4 and am here in NOLA without my Garmin, foam roller, or massage stick. What was I thinking? Nothing, clearly. 😦 I was so upset with myself it took me awhile to get to sleep last night. I guess it will just be me and my old trusties: Timex and Nubby Ball.

watch, massage ball

Less fancy, but still effective when used right and with a touch of the Garden District in the background.

On a positive note, I am finally here in NOLA with John, our puppy, and John’s parents. I can’t wait to meet some #RunLA people with Claim Your Journey and I’m excited for the official RnRNOLA Social Media meet up hosted by KatieRunsThis! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by and within a few days, I’ll be able to say I ran a marathon… ::knock on wood, fingers crossed, break out lucky rabbit’s foot::

Happy Friday everyone! Can’t wait to share more about my 1st marathon!

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3 responses to “Taper Week Shenanigans

  1. Pingback: My First Marathon: 2012 Rock and Roll New Orleans | My Run is Not Done

  2. Good luck this weekend! You’re going to rock the heck out of this marathon! Timex and Nubby Ball will get you through!

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