10 days. Taper effects or attitude?

I have had a hard time getting out of bed every morning this week. I have had an even more difficult time getting excited about my training runs. I’m experiencing the typical near-pathological paranoia that comes with tapering before big event.

Things like “holy crap everything feels so tight” and “why does THAT hurt” and “shit shit shit, I am panting and this is 30 seconds slower than my goal marathon pace!”

But also, I am just so gosh-darned tired! Hopefully this is either part of the taperpsychosis, or evidence that I am truly due for a vacation.

I only need to run 3-5 miles today, but couldn’t get my heiney out the door before work, so I packed my running kit and will run from “the office” this afternoon. That should be interesting.

10 days to go. This is a time when I should be enjoying every second of my runs, as there are few left! So, in an effort to pull my head out of my ass, here are some of my usual inspirations to get my training mojo going.

Video’s of Desi training motivate me because she just exudes a non-nonsense, get it done, attitude. The other Hansons-Brooks folks are pretty impressive as well.

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 And of course Meb. Love.


I never tire of the Katherine Switzer story:

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Finally, if you aren’t already familiar with Team Hoyt, visit their site here.

With that, I am feeling inspired and running morivated enough to stop obsessing over it, and get back to work!


2 responses to “10 days. Taper effects or attitude?

  1. Team Hoyt are my absolute inpsiration, what an amazing family .. chokes me up each time 🙂

  2. I know it! I love also that I am see more and more people taking their disabled loved ones along for runs and races.


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