This includes things like:
- disordered sleep
- excessive eating
- angry outbursts when people ask “how long is THIS marathon?”
- gastro-intestinal distress
- severe drop in work productivity
- bizarre rule-making
- intrusive thoughts (about the big day and training)
- somatic complaints
- refusal to wear dress footwear , regardless of the event
- acute hypochondriasis
- reduction in attention span
- perseveration on weather patterns
- the belief that it is appropriate to engage in physical therapy exercises anywhere and everywhere
- sharply diminishing vocabulary
- total narcissism…
(Please continue this “taper madness” list in the comments section, this game never gets old)
During the two weeks before the Boston Marathon this spring I felt the fastest, and fittest, of my life. Right now, in the final countdown to the Chicago Marathon, I feel the opposite of that.
The graphic below explains this phenomena pretty well I think:
I’ve also isolated about 5 things that I could do better in my next training cycle compared to this one. The above graphic sums those up nicely as well. I will tantalize you with my graphs and analyses post-Chicago. Sn fear not, nerds.
When I was training for Boston I posted a training update every Sunday. They always left me feeling accomplished. I considered doing one yesterday, then remembered that I had 3 of the worst training runs of my life last week, so instead, I channelled my frustration into this:
Intrusive thought (see list above); I had a little bit of wine on Friday night. I just wanted to share, because I never do the “happy hour” thing. But I really, really should.
I also did some stretching/quasi Yoga-ing this weekend and I think it helped ease some of the transient pains and aches I’ve been having. I’ve also been eating enough iron-rich foods that I might just start pooping quality cookware pretty soon.
While flipping ceaselessly through my training binder (I really should consider going digital, the thing weights a ton), I made the serendipitous discovery of a stash of pace bands left over from last May. The Qualifier was also a flat course so I might just use one of them on Sunday. But, my performances lately have been so unpredictable that a pace band might turn out to be punishing rather than motivating.
I made it through one, moderately paced, loop at Waterfall Glen on Saturday with only a few “work out the kinks” stops, and I am going to head out for a “no pressure” 3-5 miles tonight. Here’s hoping some joy infuses itself back into my running asap, because the weather report says that I am totally out of excuses for a less than PR marathon attempt on Sunday.