Yes, it’s taper time, which is pretty much my least favorite time, but what can you do? After months and months of short runs, long runs, good runs, and bad runs, we are in the last week before my half. I can’t believe it.
Sunday – 1.25 miles, walking
I was still on that Daytona Speedway campout, so I couldn’t do more than take a spin around the infield on my own two feet. It was freezing cold, and windy, and there wasn’t much fun or cute about it. we call this “all the layers.”
After breakfast, we packed up and headed home. When I got to the house I literally shoved everything in the washing machine, took a shower, and then took a long nap. I was done.
Monday – 4.64 miles, walking
Yup. Another Monday in my neighborhood. I don’t like it. But I also don’t like cold down to my core, so I allowed it.
I am pleased to report that I wasn’t as sore or tired as I expected after two nights on the freezing cold ground. Nothing makes me feel stronger than coming out of those sorts of experiences completely unscathed.
On a fun note, A got to check out his new high school on his way to karate, and I’m glad for that.
Tuesday – 5.16 miles, running
J had a super early meeting, so we had to move our run to 5:00AM. It was fine. I was cold, sure, but
Tuesdays are also Taco days. I think the cold temperatures made their mark on my mini horse friend: he was super chill and cooperative, and I was grateful for that.
I skipped Scouts that night just because I needed a break.
Wednesday – 4.13 miles, walking
Technically, it was warmer, but we also had wind and rain that made things generally unpleasant. Not my favorite way to rise and grind.
I got myself cleaned up to go to The Donut Experience for their Yelp Elite week. We got to choose two custom donuts and a coffee, and it was a nice pick me up on a dreary day.
Thursday – 6.12 miles, running
J and I were back on track, although we were both feeling the freeze. Brrr. I wear shorts until we hit the low 40s, but it was windy and damp again, so I was chilly!
Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! I put together this yummy chocolate bundt with ganache, and it was really, really good. I don’t even love cafe that much, but this was two thumbs up.
We had a date night to use one of my Christmas presents! Dear Evan Hansen is a show I have been so excited to see, and it was finally time. We had a nice dinner and then it was off to the show. Honestly, it was better than I anticipated. The cast was incredible and it was so much better than the movie. Huge props to the cast and crew for a wonderful night.
Friday – 4.71 miles, walking
Cold (in the 30s). Rain (because Floridians never get snow). Blah. Give me a blanket and a good book. But of course, first there had to be a walk.
We had a quiet Friday afternoon and evening, and that was just fine by me.
Saturday – 6.21 miles, running + 1.11 miles, walking
Since it was going to be so cold (low 30s/high 20s), J and I agreed we would go out at 7:00 instead of 6. However, she hasn’t been feeling well, and when I picked her up, I could see that she wasn’t 100%. I explained to her that we’ve done the work, and the worst thing she could do for herself was get worn down before her first half. I sent her back to bed, struggled through six miles and then called it. It was too windy, and my face hurt.
We had dim sum for lunch, which was so fun!
And then it was back to cozy blankets and movies. We saw The Green Knight, which I loved (them not so much).
Goal-getting + Thoughts
So this week, I’m just going to take it easy. I’m going to embark on shorter runs, and my regular walks, and that’s about it.
This week, we have A’s Court of Honor (he has earned Life Scout, and a whole slew of merit badges), and I have a virtual book club today. I also need to make our shirts for the DONNA half marathon on my Cricut, and get everything packed for that.
It will be hard to rest and wait for race day. I know I’ve been down this road before, but it’s been so long and those nerves are real.
How was your week in training? How do you feel about taper time?