And So The Taper Begins . . .

Newport is now less than two weeks away.  So I am officially tapering.  I’ve read many runners write about their experiences with tapering.  Some enjoy the rest and some feel like they’re going mad.

newportI’m more in the latter category for sure.  The funny (and by funny I mean anxiety inducing, awful, & crummy) thing is that tapering right now at this very time while still dealing with the new life changes I implemented last week due to health issues (which, trust me, has NOT been easy).

I’m a wee bit stressed.

But . . . it’ll be okay.  It will.

I know it will be okay because I am also incredibly excited and somewhat amazed at how quickly the past 18 weeks of training have gone by.  I know logically that I have trained and prepared as best as I could have and now it’s just up to me to deliver on what I’ve been training for.  I will try my best to keep that logic present with me for the next two weeks.

I received an updated confirmation email from the Newport race director last week with my bib number.  So it’s official that on June 1st, I will be runner #379, looking to finish my first marathon.  While I know anything can happen, I will say that I have confidence in myself.

For once.

It’s nice.

Go me.

44 comments on “And So The Taper Begins . . .

  1. You’ll do great! Have fun! Newport is an awesome marathon! Go you! 🙂

  2. Dan says:

    Tapering can be quite nerve-wracking. At the end of the day though, you should take solace in knowing the hard stuff is behind you. Now you take it easy, run less, and enjoy the prize that is the big event. I’ll be running Oregon in October, but I have heard great things about this race.

    Have fun!

  3. Mary says:

    Your health issues are challenging but you are more than equal to any challenge of this sort! You love to research, you love to read, you love to learn, and most importantly you love being healthy. The rest of us are going to benefit so much from all that you are going to learn and share.

    And this marathon? You are absolutely right, you got this! Can’t wait for the pictures!

  4. The taper is quite hard – you can feel quite sluggish and your muscles have a chance to recover for once so can feel worse as they get themselves back into shape. You should also eat quite differently and more than you’re probably used to in the two days beforehand – basically you should start the marathon feeling like a really well-rested blob. 😉

  5. My husband ran Newport last year! And PR’d so I’m taking that as a good sign for you. Best of luck!

  6. And well placed confidence it is.

  7. marcieblogs says:

    Thanks for liking my buttery corn and 4 spice carrots post on bittersweetkitchen! Good luck for the run! Exciting!

  8. Red Hen says:

    Wishing you a lovely taper. I really loved having all that extra time while tapering. And guilt free too! The worst of the marathon is now behind you, with all that training done.

  9. Kathleen says:

    Best of luck! I can’t for the day I get to taper for something 🙂

  10. msposko says:

    Sounds like you’re set for the race. The hubs ran Newport a few years ago and he loved it. Free beer at the end and if you to Rogue and show your medal more free beer. He couldn’t get enough of that. 🙂 He also had his first oyster there at the stand somewhere around mike 18 or so. Have fun.

  11. Jim Brennan says:

    You will never forget your first. Enjoy every step!

  12. Jessi says:

    Go girl!! How exciting, I’m proud of you and will be cheering you on!

  13. Victoria says:

    Enjoy the taper, relax, and enjoy your race!

  14. runmonster says:

    Good luck! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  15. Running Girl says:

    Tapering is not my friend…..
    GO YOU! You will rock Newport!

  16. Leah says:

    Good luck!!! And thanks for the follow/like?! I plan to read your blog for motivation and inspiration over the next 20 weeks!!


  17. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Go you! is right. Sending you good thoughts.

  18. You rock! Good luck!

  19. I love tapering…Maybe it’s because it’s my little “reward” for training so hard. Good luck! You’ll be just fine! 🙂

  20. barefoottc says:

    I wish you the best of luck on 1st June! How exciting – your first marathon! I’m hoping to participate in my first marathon in September…so I’ll be looking through your older blog posts for wisdom and advice on how your training went…might make for a good article after your marathon too!

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