Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Taper Time

So last week started our official taper for the Pittsburgh Marathon.  I'm terrible at tapering. The marathon is less than two weeks away and if you aren't familiar with tapering, then it's just basically going backwards in your training. You want to rest for the big run. For the half last year I didn't start my taper until about two weeks before. Some people hate it and some like it. I don't mind doing it. It's a break before the big race. So how am I tapering? Well, I'm still making it to CrossFit 3-4 times a week. My miles are becoming less. I'm starting to relax a little and I'm still figuring out how to fix pain. Right now, what hurts the most is the bottoms if my feet and the side of my right calf. I tried KT Tape for my feet yesterday and loved it! KT Tape is like athletic tape that you put on to ease pain. It gives you "how to" videos on YouTube. Scientifically, I don't know what it does but it really works! I'll most likely use it for race day. 
Since it was beautiful out I got 3 miles in at a nearby park. It packed with people walking and fishing. I had planned on doing much more but I had to dodge too many people. I went home and later met my sister at Panera. 
Adam is sick and I was pretty sure that I was getting his sickness so I got chicken soup and a med veggie Sandwhich with a black ice coffee. I have a planned long run this morning so I'm starting to try combos that I can eat before the race. I loved this combo. I was so full that I didn't eat my chips. That never happens! I also got a bagel to try before my run this morning. 
Before I was a training blogger for Panera, I went there frequently. I wouldn't have said yes to doing the training menu if I didn't actually believe in it. I can honestly say that it has been years since I've walked into a place and ordered fast food. One reason why I go to Panera is because their customer service is wonderful. My sister and I would go there in college to do our homework often and get our usual. I'm glad that I have a chance to try other things on their menu than a French onion soup with Greek Salad or a Sierra Turkey Sandwich. It is helping train and see what works with my body and what doesn't.  

How is the taper going?
Do you have any Panera favorites? 


  1. I am totally french onion soup and greek salad, all the time. i have a hard time switching it up!
    I am doing the half, and pulled something sunday, after trying to run yesterday, i made the decision to do nothing for a few days. so this is more of a hault than taper!

    1. Oh no! I hope you're feeling better! Rest up and I'm sure you'll do great next week!

  2. So excited that you made it through training, injury free, and will be running your first marathon!

    1. Thanks! I'm less nervous than I thought I'd be.