Tuesday, 2 October 2007

12 days

This is a cell phone photo from today's early morning run. It was dark, it was cold, it was windy... in other words - it was wonderful! I ran a nice 3 miles. I head out of my house and run .95 miles for an elevation gain of 200+ feet. And it is slow. Then I get two miles to lose that 200 feet - those miles are fun!

I am in my taper weeks now. I am kind of enjoying them. Then last night I got this month's Runner's World magazine and they are now saying that tapering is not as good an idea as we all thought? Well, screw that!

I am tired of running. I hope that when this race is over, I will revise what I am doing with my running. I cannot possibly stop because I would gain 350 lbs. But I hope to go back to faster short distances as opposed to the lumbering heavy-weight slow long runs. I know I will miss them, but for now, I long to not be spending hours and hours each week running.

11 comments:

Wes said...

Or, you could go with a balanced (2x) triathlon training regimen. Shorter runs, same amount of different exercising... Good stuff!

Take a well deserved break after your HM. Life goes on...

Marcy said...

I saw that article Mary ROFLMAO!!

I like the longer runs, how bout we trade? you can run my short ones and I'll do the long ones ;-)

Randy said...

Good taper run Mary....we will be thinking about you next week during your marathon...

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Guess the fun part after this race will be figuring out what you want to do next and taking it from there. :)

Joe said...

the good news is that you can figure it out however you want!! The beauty of running!!

beautiful photo, thanks!

Adam said...

Great Photo.

I wish I was in the taper mode, I'm just getting cranked up now.

ws said...

I'm still available for next weekend should you need a stand-in for the HM.

I keep thinking I'd rather be running short miles fast but somehow I also think I'd prefer to do a 50K. That's the crazy talking.

Enjoy your relaxation...

J~mom said...

I saw the taper article as well...I disagree with it. ;>)

I am with you in that I can't wait for a little break after my triathlon. I just want to sleep in (past 6)for one week straight.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

One article doesn't make something so. There has been a ton of research that says tapering is very important, so I'm not ready to stop doing it just because of one person's article. If a whole bunch more research comes out saying it, then I'll reevaluate.

Sounds like you are running very well. I'm sure you are going to do great in your race.

Jess said...

I think the taper depends on the runner -- those who want the extra miles and can handle them can use a shorter taper, but for those who need the physical and mental break, I think the 3 week taper is perfect.

Randy said...

Mary.....when you find out what your chip number is...let us know!!!!!