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T - Minus 5 Days and Counting

Monday, November 04, 2013

T is for taper! It's time to get plenty of rest. My second half marathon, first in 2013, is in just 5 days. So I decided to run Monday and Wednesday this week to be plenty rested for Saturday morning. I'm trying to eat smart, at the top of my calorie range, with about 65% carbohydrates. I'm skipping strength training this week to ensure I don't pull or strain anything. And I'm not picking up the grandkids for the same reason.

This morning I ran in my neighborhood. I had the Beatles' One album playing on the MP3 player. It was my favorite music in high school and I channel my 16 year old self easily as I listen to it! It was an easy fun run, about 2 and a half miles, a bit faster than I plan to run the 13.1.

Hubby will be out of town with our car, but I have a ride to the race. Trying not to worry that she will forget to pick me up. I kind of laugh at how I can always find something to worry about! I'm right on track and trying to get in the "coiled spring" mode that ONEKIDSMOM nurtures before a race.

Incidentally, Jan who helped me prepare for my first half, completed her first New York Marathon yesterday after years of missing it due to emergencies (surgery, family crisis, and a hurricane) keeping her from running it in the past. All four of the runners from my Galloway group finished the 26.2 miles. Jan, just 6 months younger than I am, finished in 6 hours and 9 minutes. Hooray for determination and persistence! Jan at the NYC Marathon:

My nephew may come root me on at the finish of my half marathon. That would be so cool! I have come to many of his races. I just might try to get my camera to him. This is the first ever half marathon in my hometown of Lakeland, Florida. 850 people are pre-registered. Packet pick up starts on Wednesday. I know at least 50 of the people running it and will recognize many more of them from local 5 and 10Ks. I've been training with the leader of the 2 hour and 30 minute pace group. With luck, I'm going to PR! All systems are go!!!
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