And that Dear Reader is a wrap. A Gold Coast Marathon training wrap that is. Two weeks to go. It’s taper time.
How am I feeling right now? Ready to rest. Last night I slept a solid 10 hours. I can’t remember the last time that happened.
This week I shall be embracing the calm. Tuesday night running and Wednesday night hill repeats are on hold. And I’ve made the decision not to do the usual 2okm run the week before a marathon. Next week I’ll be doing 1okms on Friday and 10kms on Saturday to make the 20kms. When it comes to thinking about the marathon I’m almost in a Zen-like state ~ What will be will be ~ I shall click my heels three times and say Take me to the finish line, take me to the finish line. Then I shall put one foot in front of the other in running steps until I eventually cross the finish. Am I in Lala Land? If I am let me tell you Dear Reader, Lala Land is rather nice. Come visit with me sometime. It’s a place for weary runners to contemplate, to rest, to be calm, to have their batteries recharged. A place to ready the mind for those 42.2kms.
As if the universe knew that tonight signals the start of the taper: I was given a beautiful sunset. Thanks Universe.
Looking back over the last six weeks there’s been some wonderful runs like the Lilydale Lope and there’s been some hard sloggy runs. There have been runs that make me feel like I could run forever and runs that make me shake my head and contemplate hanging up my running shoes. But that’s what running is all about. It’s about being prepared to push on no matter how we feel, that awesome run is always not too far away.
Today was not such a great run. 6.3kms with the Launceston Running Club for the Carr Villa run, it goes around the cemetery in Launceston. Yes, you read that correctly. There is a wonderful walking track outside the boundary of the cemetery and we do two laps. It’s wide and undulating. Locals use it for walking their dogs (of which there were quite a few on the track today). After 23kms yesterday, today was never going to be speedy, but I did it (36:53).
And that as they say is a wrap. A marathon training wrap. Hello Taper! Taper crazies? Not for me. I’m going to be calm and happy and arrive at the marathon all zenned up. Yes I am! (Now…I just best go count my kms again…have I done enough…oh I think so…oh maybe not…hang on…I could fit in a few more runs I’m sure I could…I just need……to…..) rest and breathe… Happy taper!
Happy running 🙂