Taper madness?

On Sunday, I ran my last double digit long run before the California International Marathon. 12 miles in 94 minutes. I felt strong the entire time. Kept a steady effort on the uphills, let my legs cruise on the downhills. When I came home, I was greeted by this sweet little one. She loves sweaty kisses.
Omg we kind of match. I love matching.

I always hear marathon runners talk about this “taper madness” thing, and how it funks with their chi and drives them all wonko in the last 2 weeks before the marathon. I dunno whether I’ve never trained hard enough to appreciate a full taper or what, but I’ve never experience said “taper madness”.

Until now.

Well, at least I think I am. I’m hungry ALL. THE. TIME. Ten minutes after breakfast, my stomach is grumbling and demanding more sustenance. We’re relatively healthy eaters over here in the Weez household, so I don’t feel thaaat bad about eating 18 times a day. Yes, I brought my camera to the grocery store on Sunday and took a picture of our cart.

This week’s menu? Coconut chicken and spinach salad, homemade veggie pizzas, and vegan shepard’s pie. Snack foods? bananachocolatePB milk shakes, clementines, and evol burritos. I love evol burritos. They’re my absolute fav I’m-in-a-hurry (AND healthy!) meal/snack.

Anyways. Where was I? Oh yeah. Taper madness.

I’m also having all sorts of crazy race day dreams… bottle necks at the aid stations that cause me to have to stop and wait for a few minutes. Getting lost. Tripping on a curb and twisting my ankle. Starting out way too fast and crashing/burning at mile 20.

Fortunately, I have a friend who has offered to run with me, to pace me so that I don’t get lost/start out way too fast. How lucky am I?! And this friend? He’s no stranger to most of you… he’s none other than Sam, founder of Operation Jack!

My brother and I, with Sam, before the 2010 Cleveland Marathon

I’ve been a longtime supporter of Operation Jack and it’s passionate cause: raising awareness and funds for Train 4 Autism. I ran the Cleveland marathon with/for Operation Jack in 2010, so I’m stoked and wicked thankful Sam is running CIM with/for me. It’s coming ’round full circle.

Ha, I hope he knows what he’s getting himself into. I’m probably gonna puke at some point. And cry. And nervous-jabber at the starting line. And tell him to shut it and stop telling me to “dig deep” when I’m dying at mile 22. It takes a certain type of friendship to handle a runner(me) at their(my) most vulnerable state. And Sam is just the runner friend who can do it.

Sam is extra confident that we’ll hit that sub 3:35:00 mark. His confidence makes me nervous. I think he’s crazy. But I hope he’s right. It’s gonna take a perfect race and a bit of luck to get there. But with his help, I might really have a chance at re-earning that trip to Boston I lost back in the spring. I want to prove to myself that I can do this, that surgery can’t slow me down.

12 days.

We. Got. This.

Have you ever run with a pacer before?
Nope. This’ll be a first.

Do you get emotional during races?
I used to get so nervous before XC races in college, that I’d make myself sick. Literally. And it wasn’t pretty. I haven’t since college days though. Don’t worry Sam.

What’s in your grocery cart??

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Jessica T says:

    You are gonna do amazing, and heck, even if you are eating 18 times a day, it’s healthier than what I eat at one meal!

  2. Sam F. says:

    We’re going sub-3:30. I might not even let you wear a Garmin. You don’t have to worry about me telling you to dig deep at 22, because that’s not the kind of thing I say. I’m not telling you what I’m gonna say … I’m just gonna get you from A to B in 209 minutes. Really looking forward to it … I’ve paced people to PRs before and it’s a blast.

    1. Sub 3:30?! Easy there, killer. Maybe? No? Yes. Also: I never look at my garmin/watch when I run anyways, so you don’t have to worry about that. I refuse to look at mile paces during a marathon, that’s why I’ve got you to make sure I don’t jump around. You’re in charge! Let’s keep it consistent!

  3. melon says:

    I’m with Sam. You will kick butt. You will enjoy every minute of it. Then you will eat an entire grocery cart of food in thirty minutes. (Then you might not enjoy it…) So proud of you!

  4. courtney says:

    Girl, you got CIM in a pretty purple sparkly handbag!!! Our grocery carts look pretty similar. ANd yes, I almost bawled like 5 times during Portland!

  5. sarah says:

    OHHHH Erin you are gunna kill it!!! i cant wait to hear alllllll about it!!! sam will get you there.

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