Tuesday Topics: How to taper for a race before going crazy

Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics!  This is an updated post from September 2019.  

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This week’s Tuesday Topic:  How to taper for a race before going crazyYou can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

Honestly, I don’t mind the taper.  While some people get taper crazy, I actually look forward to it and love it.  

What exactly is tapering before a race?  Basically it means to take a break from running so your muscles could rest and recover.  By doing this you will be able to be rested enough and have a successful race.  Tapering usually starts 2-3 weeks before your race.  Most tapers are done for a marathon but can also be done for half marathon.

During taper I may run a few days but more importantly make time to rest and sleep.  When I trained using the Hansons Marathon, I was not used to running 6 days a week and was constantly tired.  I welcomed with open arms when it came time to taper.

So what can you do when you have more time and energy in the weeks before your half marathon or marathon?

🏃🏽‍♀️ Sleep.  Your body needs it.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Think about your goals.  What are your A, B, and C goals?

🏃🏽‍♀️ Make a gear check list/bag and check it twice.  Write it down so you have everything ready for race day.  The last thing you want to happen is to arrive at your race and find out you forgot your gels, sunglasses, or socks.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Finalize your fuel and hydration.  Will you be bringing your own or use what is provided on the course?

🏃🏽‍♀️ Reflect on your training.  You worked hard in the weeks/months prior to your race.  Perhaps you wrote about it in a blog or journal.  Reading about it will get you more excited knowing you went through weeks of long runs, waking up early, and dealing with the hot/cold weather.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Eat better/healthy.  While it is tempting to eat all of the food, it isnt’ a good idea.  Drink plenty of water and eat meals that have good carbohydrate to help store fuel for race day.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Read a book.  Grab a glass of water, sit on the sofa, and relax with your book.  Or a movie will be ideal too.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Meet up with friends.  Many of them probably haven’t seen you for weeks since you’ve been training hard for your race.  Use that time to catch up with them, laugh, and to have a good time.

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Weekly Run Down: 103.54 miles and Hello August

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How is it already August?  A few more weeks of Summer Break and then back to school.  I found out that we will start the school year with Remote Learning.  While I am pleased with the news, it does make me sad because I honestly am tired of Remote Learning.  Also, it will be weird starting off a new school year without being there with the students.  I did find out this past week that the cameras will be turned on so at least I will see them during class time.

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I am still running on the side streets.  No complaints.  Twice I ventured out further north to the area where I am interested in buying a house.  I ran by the house that I really, really liked and wanted to buy last year.  It made me sad.  I did see another house for sale by owner and sent the info to my agent.  Back and forth messages with him and yesterday he told me that the owner has a contract already.  🙁

My heart rate went up when I saw this.  It reminded me of when I fell in January.


I live close to the fire department and they have a small fish pond in the front.  It was the first time seeing this since I rarely go in that direction when I run.

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I did all of my runs with the Peloton app.  I like the variety of music and am liking the instructors.  Even all of the talking does not bother me as much anymore.  I guess it depends on my mood too.  

For my long run on Saturday I did not go to the lake.  I ran by my house and took a fun class.  Matty mentioned that he was taking us back to our partying days in high school and college.  It was fun and I recognized many of the songs!  There were songs such has “What is Love? and “Another Night”.  There was one by Whitney Houston that I had never heard and LOVED it -My Love Is Your Love.  Am I the only one that has never heard it before?

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I finished July with 103.54 miles.  July has 31 days and I ran 25 of those days.  Overall I have been feeling good.  I felt some discomfort in my left calf and the bottom of my left foot as well.  I remembered that’s what I had experienced before I had plantar fasciitis.  At that time I did not know any better and I ignored it.  Big mistake.  I foam rolled and it felt much better the next day.  I’ve also been using my massage gun which has been helping a lot too.

I am excited about August.  Excited to see what my coach has for me to do this month.  Also, I am working on a few things for school but don’t want to do too much until I know my schedule, list of students, and District’s expectations.  I belong to a Facebook Group and have gotten great ideas for my virtual classroom.  Here is what I have so far.

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Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.

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• I live on the second floor of an apartment building and am so grateful we have a balcony.  My mother and I have spent hours there listening to music and people watching.  Sometimes we eat our meals there too.  I feel bad that she cannot go out that much but at least we have the balcony and the nice weather to enjoy.

• Time to go shopping!  Just kidding.  My favorite is wine.  Once in a while I do drink beer and, of course, a martini.

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• iPhone storage is full?  How is it possible?  I had to delete a bunch of photos, videos, messages, etc.  I checked the settings and I have 64GB of storage.  I am thinking that for my next phone I should get something more than 64GB.

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My niece and nephew told me about a show, “Taco Chronicles”, on Netflix that is all about tacos.  There are 6 episodes and each one covers a different type of taco.  Anyone hungry?  Those are tacos al pastor.  Not my favorite but still pretty good.

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Another race cancellation.  I was supposed to run this race in May but then it was postponed to August.  I wasn’t sure if I would make it since it was taking place the weekend after the first day of school.   Now this race has been moved to next year but we’ll see what happens.

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Tuesday Topics: Working out on a busy day

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics! 

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This week’s Tuesday Topic:  How do you fit your workout on a busy day?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

Currently I am on Summer Break.  It’s been two weeks since the end of Summer School.  This week I have a few professional development courses (all online) that will be taking up most of the day.  There is still no word on our back to school plan.  I have a feeling it will all be remote learning and I want to know for sure so I can start making my virtual classroom in Google Slides.

How cool is this?  All I need now is an individual Bitmoji of each teacher.  

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Anyway, back to today’s topic.  During remote learning my schedule was different from when I was in the classroom.  I was still busy (mostly learning how to do remote teaching) but at the end of the workday I was mentally exhausted.  I knew that I would have no motivation to run after work.  So I continued running in the morning.  

✔️ Running in the morning made me feel better.

✔️ Running in the morning gave me time to think.  

✔️ Running in the morning got my workout out of the way. 

I got it done by waking up early.  I didn’t have to wake up that early since I didn’t have a commute to school and all I had to do was change into a decent looking top and sweatpants.  

I realize that not everyone has that option.  There are other ways to fit in a workout on a busy day. 

➡️  Run/walk home or to your workplace.  A few years ago I did the AVON 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.  At that time I was working downtown so I would walk home from work to “train”.  

➡️  Do your workout at work.  Set an alarm to remind you every hour to get up and walk.  You can even walk up and down the stairs.  Add in some wall or “real” pushups too.  🙂

➡️  Run or walk during lunch.  

➡️  Schedule your workout in your calendar.  It is equally important as a doctor appointment or a work meeting.

➡️  Get the family involved.  Take a walk after dinner.  Take the kids on the stroller to the park or go for a run.

➡️  Run/walk to do your errands.

I thought that by working from home I would have a lot more time to workout.  I was correct.  I did have the time but sadly did not put in the effort.  I was eating more (the fridge was so close) and not walking like I was doing before (in the classroom I was constantly walking).  I paid the price.  Most of my pants don’t fit anymore.  With the possibility of going back to remote learning in Fall, I know I cannot do this anymore.  I can use this time to figure out what I am going to do.  🙂

Remember, something is better than nothing.  The main thing is to get your body moving.  Anything else you would add to the list?

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Weekly Run Down: Memories and “new” running routes

Weekly Mileage-65.jpgAnother week of running 6 days for a total of 23.11 miles.  But did it really happen since Garmin has been down since Thursday? 😜🤣

Thanks to Facebook Memories, I was reminded of some fun things that happened a few years ago such as my trip to Alaska and running my 100th race (RnR Chicago Half Marathon).  It is fun to see these memories.  I like remembering my fun trips and thinking about when things were “normal”. 

RnR Chicago Half Marathon was supposed to be last weekend.  I saw someone post this announcement and I don’t understand why RnR even is offering these options?  I mean do they seriously think that these races will take place?  Or will they?

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I know I am late to the party here but now I am taking full advantage of my Peloton membership.  I was mainly using it for cycling classes (and even that was just a few classes).  Yes, I know a few bloggers have written about all of the different classes they’ve taken and I would tell myself to do it as well.  It wasn’t until I started the Pelothon 2020 Challenge that I had a chance to explore it more.  Better late than never, right?

This past week I took 12 classes.  It might not be much but it is for this girl.  I am enjoying the mediation, stretching, and running classes.  Yes, running!  I do it mostly for the music and sometimes all of the talking still annoys me, but not enough to stop me from taking the classes.  This week as part of the challenge I took 2 live classes which is something that I never did.  

Even Mateo took the stretching class with me.


With Garmin being down I cannot show you my new running routes.  A few weeks ago I mentioned that most of my runs are done by my house.  They’re mostly the same routes which is fine by me.  Last Sunday I decided to run the streets by the house.  I started by going right, then left to the next block and ran there till the major street.  Once there I turned left and then went left again in the following block.  Kind of hard to explain but see image below.  I like that route.  I am never too far from my house since there is another street in the middle and if for any reason I need to get home sooner, then I can go down that street.

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Yesterday I ran the Quad-City Times Virtual Bix 7 with a few bloggers.  It was fun deciding on the date to do said race, starting time, and coordinating our outfits.  I did this as part of my long run and had no expectations regarding pace.  All I knew was that I was running along the lake and was planning to start early.  It wasn’t too warm in the beginning but then it did get hot later in the run.

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We are entering the last week of July.  My goal was to run at least 100 miles.  Right now I am at 87.41 miles so I need 12.59 between tomorrow and Friday.  I think it is doable and I am excited about it!

I am borrowing an idea from Kim.  She ends her post with some funny memes.  I am doing the same today but they’re all about the Garmin outage.

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.

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