A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Taper & Tracking me at Boston!

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I have not dreaded the impending marathon taper because I feel like these past 11 weeks have been one huge taper! I have not been running near the distances I am used to, so this last week of marathon training actually feels like any other week this winter.

My last "long" run was on Saturday- 8 miles. Then I did 4 on Monday, and 3 on Thursday. The next time I run, I will be in Hopkinton!

I always take 3 complete rest days off before a race. I know 3 days sounds excessive but it has worked for me before and it will hopefully work again!

Like anything in running, tapering is a completely individual process. I am not suggesting everyone taper the way I do. There are any number of different ways to do it, so you have to do what works for you and your goals.

I just like to go with the "less is more" approach. When I'm running up the Newton Hills on Monday, I am not going to be thinking, "Dang, if only I had run on Friday this would be so much easier!"

By the way... if you want to track me at Boston on Monday, go here. My bib number is 15306. You will need to know that to track me! I am in Wave 2, which starts at 10:25 am EST.

Like the fake race bib I made?
Do I have too much time on my hands?
Maybe I should get another cat?
Do you have a tried and true taper plan or do you just go with the flow?
Does taper make you go crazy?


  1. We'll be following you! Good luck Meg! Have a great Easter break too!

  2. I can't wait!! I am so excited for you!!!

  3. That's such a good point about less is more...the runs a week before the big race don't really add up as much as the runs all through training! I can't wait to track you Monday...I wonder if there's a way for me to do it at work!

  4. I so agree! Less is more :) I will be following you at work Monday I hope! Dang folks better not interrupt me while I am trying to track you lol Here's to happy knees and strong legs! Cheers!!!

  5. Wait! no to the cat idea! I will drop one off to you lol

  6. I love the fake race bib! I realized yesterday you can download the boston marathon app for iPhones as well to track runner!!!

    1. Ooh thanks for the info, I will let my fam know :)

  7. Good Luck!!! Can't wait to hear about your recap!
    Plans have changed, so I don't know if Gunshow and I will be going to Boston, but we shall see! :)
    When I tapered for my halves, the weekend before I did 8 miles, then 6, 4, 2, and took two whole days off running. I really enjoyed the break down of miles and it felt good to just get out there and run for fun!!!!

  8. Have fun! Can't wait to hear all about it!