The PIC and I were finally reunited after so many long training months alone! Since she is running with TNT (If you have a couple of extra bucks, I'd send good vibes forever if you sent them her way. Please and Thank you!), I tagged along on their 10-12 Mile Queensborough Bridge and last part of the marathon run. What a smart plan for the 1st week of taper, right? I'm really glad we ran that and if you're in the area, it's a really good practice for Nov. 4. Even better? Our favorite, Coach Barb!, tagged along with us for most of it! This woman is a rockstar and a wealth of information and we were so lucky and blessed to have her for our 1st half marathon. I don't think we'd still be running without her!
It was really nice to get the chance to get a feel for it the course. Newsflash (to me!)? It's annoyingly hilly. Like the kind of inclines you don't really see; they just sneak up on you and then never end. I'm really glad we ran it but not super happy I'm going to have to mentally handle that crap at the end of our 26.2 mile journey. Everyone talks about Queensborough like it's the ONLY thing to worry about. . . well I can tell you, there are 5 more inclines that sucked just as much if not worse (5th ave, I'm looking at you!), and I didn't have 15 miles done already- those were fresh legs! (Sorry. This marathon has heightened my whining immensely. If you'd like to check back around Feb, that might be a good plan).
The marathon route flags were already up and once we got to the finish line, we saw the bleachers were already get set up. That was pretty inspiring. A ton of runners were also running the route, which was comforting. I'm really hoping the excitement will mask everything, mainly the pain.
The Finish Line!
I have a nagging pain in my upper glute. It's been there since last Tuesday, so damn you again Jillian Michaels yoga! and I'm hoping it is just one of those new aches and pains you get while tapering. I'm trying every stretch and roll I can find, but nothing seems to help. It's almost like a nerve, it only hurts when I move it, but only when I'm not running. Weird? We'll see.
I'm actually really liking the taper! Yesterday, my day did not consist of me sidelined on the couch until Monday and I actually got stuff done, like laundry (sorry about my stinky running clothes, my love. You're amazing ;) It feels really nice NOT to be completely dead for days due to an obnoxiously long run. Again, you should either be single or unemployed if you're training for a marathon. Juggling all 3 is just too hard. That seems to be my favorite complaint as of late, so I will calmly tell myself "If it was easy, everyone would do it" and shut the hell up (even though, it is REALLLY HARD!!! like, really really fucking hard. ok. I'm done. For now.)
However, I'm not a fan of the Runger. I thought I overcame that by limiting my carb/ sugar intake. Recently, not so much. I pretty much had 2 dinners last night. That's obnoxious. I don't want to say goodbye to the 10+ pds I've lost during this training, so I'm trying extra hard not to give in.
Whats your favorite part of tapering?