The Start of Taper Madness and Outfit!

Thanks again for all of the encouragement on Monday!  Getting sick this weekend was not the end of the world, and I’m trying to remember that.  Initially I was disappointed that things didn’t go according to plan.  But all is not lost…YET, anyway!

We’re both feeling much better (Aaron is still pretty sneezy, but he is likely also experiencing the allergies that come with the fall season).

We ran 2 and a half moderately paced miles on Monday and our “tapered” version of a hill workout yesterday.  The tapered hill workout felt way too easy to be real.  In half marathon land I would have not been a fan.  But now, it just seemed like we needed to be doing more. Aaron said I had a look of determination as I ran up each set (actually, he said something more along the lines of I wanted to make that hill my bitch).  I guess better late than never to take this marathon seriously? Is this what taper madness is all about?

Since we’re putting in less mileage, we are really focusing on eating clean because putting on extra weight right now will not help us go faster.  Dinner is strictly grilled fish and veggies for the next couple of weeks (YUM…).  This weekend was an “I’m sick so I’m gonna eat whatever I want” situtation, plus, we had a few nights of birthday celebration dinners, so it feels good to eat foods that don’t make my stomach revolt.  Not that I love fish.  I HATE fish.  But it is a necessary evil. And hopefully it will help come marathon day.

I also picked out my mommy-sponsored race day outfit! I’m going with the Lulu pace setter skirt (aka business in the front, party in the back).  I accidentally picked up the “long” version, but I think it turned out for the best because the shorts underneath are longer and don’t ride up. As a rather short person, the long skirt might make me look like a 1950’s cheerleader, but at 26.6 miles, I’d rather not be a chaffed up mess. I also chose the race length cool racer back (shorter than the normal version).  I took both out for a test run, and everything seems to hold up! If I bomb on race day, it won’t be because of my outfit! Thanks, mom!

The skirt has 3 gel pockets which I am happy about! In general, I tend to fuel less often than the every 6 miles/every 45 minutes that is recommended because sometimes (always?) squeezing that little gel down my dry throat just isn’t even appealing.  My plan is to take a Clif Shot at miles 7, 14, and 21.  They do hand out Clif shots along the course and bananas at some point, but I don’t want to risk somehow missing those stations and then not fueling.

In other news, we got our Chicago Marathon “confirmation tickets” in the mail on Monday! This included our bib number and corral information along with everything we need to know about Marathon weekend.  It was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever gotten in the mail (close behind college acceptance letters)… and I may have sat there and memorized the booklet! I know I’m stressing and freaking out more than a person should over this marathon, but I am really and truly unbelievably excited. This is really happening, and in just a few weeks, for better or for worse, I will have crossed the 26.2 finish line!

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! 

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18 thoughts on “The Start of Taper Madness and Outfit!

  1. What is it with tapering and getting sick?! Always seems to happen. I love your outfit!! So excited for you– you’ve done the work, enjoy the taper!

    • I know! We hardly ever get sick. I was thinking our bodies might have just been tired with the end of training mileage. In college I always used to get very sick right at the beginning of Christmas vacation, probably for the same reasons!

    • Thank you! I highly recommend the cool racer back. Comfy, doesn’t chaffe, and stays miraculously dry. Also probably the cheapest thing available at Lulu! I’m short enough to wear the shorter version fits me like a normal shirt without showing my belly.

      • I went to the store to try it on today. It made me feel like a sausage! 😦 So I went for the looser fitting Swiftly Tech Racerback. Pricier, but I justified it with an upcoming birthday and 3 (maybe 4) races!

  2. I am not looking forward to the taper…is that weird? I just looked my plan over and I feel like it will be too easy but I know I need to stick with the plan and give those runs my complete focus. I also went to Lululemon this week and splurged on some new gear…it is sickening that I get a shoppers high…especially with running gear but lets just say, I get your excitement. As for your present in the mail…that is beyond exciting…so close, keep up the great work (both of you)!

    • Taper is stressful. It was kind of cool to be done with the workout so soon, but then I felt an overwhelming sense of guilt. MUST DO MORE HILLS. I can’t even imagine life in 2 weeks.

      Aaron loves his Lululemon gear (but he wishes they had a bigger men’s selection). In a previous life (like last year), I didn’t care about running gear. Now I hardly spend money on anything else.

      • Yeah, that’s what I imagine tapering to be like…my friend asked me if I will keep running after the marathon and the more I thought about it the more I realized that I will probably continue to run the same amount of days and the only difference will be the longer runs will not exceed 13 miles.

        Their selection is very limited and there is not a whole lot of stuff geared specifically towards running for men, which is great for me…saves me money!

  3. So glad I’m not the only one that a) was SO giddy with excitement when my confirmation ticket came in the mail Monday, and b) is also planning my outfit! I’m running Chicago also as my first full, and am getting really pumped for the big day to just get here already. I have to consciously remind myself to talk about something else when I’m at work, with friends, etc…. I can’t help it! Glad you are feeling better – good thing to get an annoying illness over and done with a few weeks before the race instead of it hitting you on race weekend!!

    • Hi Karin! Thanks for stopping by! I know what you mean…right now the marathon is all I can talk about and yes, oh so giddy! GOOD LUCK with the next few weeks, and of course for the marathon! We are so close!

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  5. If a new outfit from Lulu is ever wrong… I don’t want to be right!! Cute choices I really love them 🙂 I haven’t sprung for the skirt yet but I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently. I am so excited for your marathon!!! Enjoy tapering… you’ve done the work! It’s done. Sigh of relief. You’re not gonna get “fitter” in the next two weeks. The best thing you can do is give your body a break and get ready for war 😀

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