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Taper Madness!!

Ah the dreaded taper madness is upon me. Chicago Marathon is Sunday and I’m ready for it to hurry up and get here. I hate the feeling of less mileage and find myself feeling out of sorts in the taper phase. Taper Madness for this marathon includes:

1) Spirit of the Marathon

A great part of taper is re-watching running movies from our collection. A must see for Chicago Marathon is “Spirit of the Marathon”. We got to meet the Director, Deena Kastor and part of the cast at the Chicago Marathon expo last year.

2) Got Water?

Every moment I can all week-long is just in taking water and electrolyte drinks. Bottoms up!

3) Jared’s Got Nothin’ On Us

Subway, Subway, Subway….it all started with Mercedes Marathon. After my tummy trouble in Chicago Marathon last year we ended up doing a bland routine of Subway prior to Mercedes Marathon, and it worked! Why Subway? Well it’s easy to find everywhere when traveling and the food is so basic. My taper choice: wheat foot long, no cheese, all veggies, no sauce…simple as it gets. Almost like a bland food diet if I were recovering from a stomach bug, nothing adventurous for the next four days. My other bland diet items? Whole Wheat mini bagels with natural peanut butter, apples and bananas.

4) Weathervane

I can’t help but look at the weather forecast a 100 times a day, even when I know it’s really a range and rarely gospel. The good news is no stormy weather is in the mix. The next four days are the same forecast so looking at the hourly reports for Thursday and Friday it looks like race time will be from 52-maybe 60 at the end. Works for me! I don’t mind this temp at all. In fact I hate feeling too cold so I’m betting this will feel amazing! And if it doesn’t, then I will just slide my sleeves down, start to melt, then shirt off…no biggie. Getting cooler is easier than trying to get warm in a long race.

5) Catching ZZZZs

My body takes to the less running quickly, anytime I lie down on the couch, I’m out. I’ve been getting tons of sleep, and I can’t seem to get enough. I do notice that I remember my dreams more on taper and it’s completely random stuff that makes no sense.

6) Prevention City

Prevention in our house includes taking Tums for a good tummy, epsom salt soaks to keep muscles relaxed, foam rolling, Biofreeze, all the good stuff.

I’m sure there are others, but these stood out lately. Happy taper to all Chicago Marathoners!! 🙂


Armed and Dangerous

Today I took a half day off from work for errands and was able to get my run in earlier. Today is 8 Miles Dress Rehearsal with 2 @ MGP. Most of my clothes I train in all the time, but I did have something new to dress rehearse this run, my Moeben arm sleeves. I love that they are tie dye. Since my shirt is blue and my shoes are red, I think the tie dye brings it all together. As a side note, my dress rehearsal sports the nail color I plan to wear, “Lincoln Park After Dark”, gotta go full Chicago!

My psuedo flex, lol.

I’ve had arm sleeves before, but these have pockets on the outside of each sleeve, which is perfect for storing fuel. I’ve settled on EFS flask and a back up package of Sports Beans (for mile 20 if I feel like I need an extra kick). This dress rehearsal was going to give me a chance to see how the flask felt in the sleeve running than carrying it in my hand. So I put a package of beans in my left arm sleeve, and the flask on my right so I could run with them to see how it feels.

And boy am I glad I did. I can say the Sports Beans didn’t even blip on my radar because they are so light, but the flask felt heavy. I could feel the front of my deltoid tighten up from it. Not sure that I will be used to that feeling and ready to tote the flask the first 5 Miles (that’s when I’ll take my first sip) in the pocket. I may have to keep it in my hand after all, but at least I have the option. Perhaps in the futher with enough running with them maybe I can get used to the flask being in the pocket by the next marathon.

Hey Moeben, got some product recommendations for you. 1) The Moeben printing on the pocket should be reflective paint, a little extra reflection never hurts. 2) If you make an option with half hand sleeves like this bad boy, I’m interested in it.  

Oh and if the neighbors didn’t find me crazy before with all the running in ninja-like masks in the winter and headlamps at night, I think the tie dyed arm sleeves sealed the deal. 😉