Thank you everyone for your encouragement after Sunday's post. No one wants to end your training with a bad run, but I was reminded by my husband that I had many quality runs throughout this cycle and that I am prepared to run this marathon.
Monday morning hit and my energy level picked up. I really think I had a bug because last week I had no energy and this week I was able to do things during the day like clean. :o) Yes, I am a stay-at-home mom and that is my job to keep my house clean, but I haven't been doing my job lately. I still have been cooking, but grocery shopping and cleaning kind of got put on the back burner. Monday, that was done. I spent the day cleaning, meal planning, and grocery shopping. Life is semi-back to normal in this house.
Yesterday was my first run of the taper and I had 7 miles scheduled. I was hopeful that my stomach issues would be resolved as my energy level was back to normal. The run started out great. I was holding a decent pace for the first 3.5 miles, and I felt great. I ran by my favorite farm where I got bit by their dog back in February and my friendly stomach issues appeared. I was so mad. Halfway through my run and no bathrooms in sight. Needless to say the second half of my run wasn't as fast nor as comfortable.
Today, I had 12 miles scheduled, and I was worried. I got up earlier than normal to make my breakfast and get my food digested. Well it worked!!!! I ran the best 12 miles I have ran in many weeks. My stomach felt great and I ran at a comfortable 9 minute pace for the entire run. I have a blister on my pinky toe, so that got annoying halfway through the run, but after adjusting my laces, I was able to pick up the pace and finish slightly faster than I began.
Since this week is my first week of taper it also marks the first few days of my crap-free eating. I am limiting my processed food intake and no caffeine. I kept up with the non-meat eating all summer, so that isn't a sacrifice this time. I pretty much gave up soda the whole summer with the exception of one every once in a while, so that also isn't too much of a problem. Now the processed food/junk food isn't a problem, but is a little bit more work. I am really working on reaching for fruit or veggies if I am hungry and not a bar or crackers. 2 days in and I feel great. I found some recipes on fellow blogger's websites, so we have had some good meals this week.
I also started thinking about what I am going to wear to the race. Obviously, we are too far out to know the weather, but last year's TCM was cold and rainy, so I am planning to dress warmer as I froze last year. I will probably fly into Minneapolis with 3 different outfits and will pick out my outfit on the morning of the marathon. Reminder to myself, don't forget your gloves!!!!
I was also thinking about putting my name on my shirt that I think I will wear. TCM is known for their crowd support and I am thinking that having someone cheering for me specifically may help. What do you think? I know some have already done that before, did you buy the letters somewhere or did you have it screen printed on?
Two weeks from tomorrow we leave for Minnesota, my girls are getting excited. My brother who we are staying with had a baby girl this morning. So congratulations to my brother, Chris and his wonderful wife, Kendra.
Welcome to the family, Kennedy Anne Bergstrom!!!