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I’m Ready To Taper
It’s been a while.
You know what was awesome about the Thanksgiving break? Spending time with my family and not feeling the need to document every minute of my trip. I love blogging, but this weekend I also really loved not blogging.
I kept plenty busy while I was in New Hampshire.
I Turkey Trotted and snagged a 5K PR, clocking in at 23:06, which is a 7:27 pace.
I came in 46th place overall (out of 343), 5th in my division (out of 39) and I was the 11th female finisher out of 199.
I spent the rest of the day on Thanksgiving eating. A lot.
And I kind of helped carve the turkey.
I gave up very quickly. I’m better at eating than helping.
I took many naps. I drank a few glasses of wine. I went running in the snow.
On Friday I ran 5.5 accidentally fast miles, on Saturday I ran 6 very very slow and painful miles and on Sunday I ran 5 really really really slow miles.
I also went to the local planetarium with my parents. Because why not? We got to pretend we were weather people…
…and some of us got a little too excited about it.
On Friday evening we had a visitor: Brian! We ran together Saturday morning and I showed him all the great Contoocook, NH, sights, like the covered bridges and the apple orchard and the dump. It was all very thrilling for him I’m sure.
I also got a haircut. The hairdresser man sat me down and said, “Oh my God, honey, when was your last haircut?” I told him it was in early May. He didn’t understand that I’d rather spend my money on new Adrenalines.
But now my hair looks healthy again.
And my face is all Steroidy. Hey cheeks! Stop being so puffy!
I flew back to NYC early Sunday morning and spent the day running, shopping and decorating my apartment for the holidays. It is all very festive. I sang many Christmas carols during the process. Brian does not agree that I have the voice of an angel, but I think he’ll come around.
And that brings us to today: the Monday before Race Day.
Holy crap am I ready to taper!
My mileage hasn’t been anything outstanding lately and I’ve done some speedwork, including running two races in the past two weeks, but my legs feel totally shot. This morning I woke up with no desire to run, and that never happens. When I was running yesterday, I kept wondering if someone had secretly filled my legs up with lead when I wasn’t looking. Needless to say it wasn’t my quickest jaunt on the Bridle Path. It was really pretty though!
The Vegas Half Marathon is on Sunday, so this week I’m taking it easy. I’ll run and I’ll go to the gym, but I’m not pushing anything. No speed. No big distances.
I keep thinking about what Coach Cane and Mrs. Coach Cane told me throughout marathon training: “You want to go into the race like a caged animal.”
As with any pre-race week, I want to eat well, stay hydrated and avoid sick people. I swear, if someone shows up at my office being like, “OMG I got so sick over Thanksgiving but I’m such a hero and I’m at work anyway,” that person is getting a swift kick to the throat. And then I will politely ask him or her to head home.
I really don’t want to get sick. I don’t think taking violent, ninja-like precautions is “going too far.”
I’m also trying to do some visualization. I’m admittedly very nervous about this race. I want to PR, and that means maintaining a fast pace (by my standards) for 13.1 miles. I know there will be points during the race when I feel tired and there will be points where I feel like I can’t keep going. I’m trying to combat those potential occurrences now, but telling myself not to be a little bitch.
But I’m also visualizing the tough parts of the race and “picturing myself overcoming them,” which is what Mrs. Coach Cane advocates.
So if you need me this week, I’ll be foam rolling, running slowly, sleeping and picturing myself speeding past a herd of running Elvis impersonators. I just feel like that’s what’s going to happen in the final stretch of the race…I’m going to run past some Elvi.
I hope everyone had a relaxing, wonderful Thanksgiving. I’ve missed you.
AND ALSO IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU’D SHARE: What are your must-do taper activities? I wasn’t excited to taper for the Hamptons Marathon, but I’m excited for the next few days. It’ll be nice to cut back on the intensity and let my body recover before I beat it to the ground on Sunday. What do you do during taper time?