I have some pretty cool things to share today. Totally random, but what’s new.
I skipped out on the usual early morning treadmill run because I didn’t get up early enough to get it done while everyone was still sleeping and wanted to just focus on these guys instead.
They got new lunch containers last night from Old Navy and we were all pretty excited about packing them up this morning.
NuttZo and jelly sandwiches with a side of apple slices and ham.
Unfortunately the ham slices weren’t touched, but oh well. The apple slices were and the sandwiches was gone.
The boys are making some pretty cool progress in the art department at school. Check out these Band-Aid men.
I’m so proud.
I decided I needed a short, slow “naked” run outside this morning after I dropped them off.
I really should do that more often. It was marvelous. I’m pretty sure my pace was somewhere around a 9 minute mile and I ran 4 and a half miles. It was just what I needed.
I did 3 more miles on the treadmill to finish off the movie from yesterday so I could mail it back today.
Speaking of running naked, it’s also nice to just walk “naked”.
No plan, just some great company. We did that last night too.
Here’s my post run pretty cool colorful plate from earlier today.
Isn’t it marvelous? Sweetener free roasted kabocha, a baked purple sweet potato, coconut butter, peanut free NuttZo, SunButter, unsweetened dark chocolate sauce, a chia coconut flour frosting type thing I’ve been making lately and some strawberries.
Oh it was so good.
That’s pretty cool, huh?
I also got an email from the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon and Half Marathon with the shirt from this year.
They look pretty cool. (Discount code on the sidebar for this year’s race.)
Since the marathon is less than three weeks away he gave us some advice on tapering. I really liked all his tips and when it comes to the taper I always need a few reminders.
Here’s some helpful information and tips on the taper from his email.
The Downward Slope
Now it is time to enjoy the marathon taper. What is “the taper,” you ask? Well, it’s basically the last two to three weeks of your training program when you train less and rest more in preparation for your big race. Every great marathon-training plan has a taper phase—of which the most common and effective length is 3 weeks. During this time you will allow your body to fully recover from the mental and physical demands of marathon prep by training less and resting more. This week’s training volume should be about 20 percent less than last week’s.
Things to keep in mind during your last 3 weeks of training (aka, the taper phase):
· Avoid extremely hilly courses. Try sticking to flats from here on out.
· Keep your caloric intake the same. Even though you’re training less, that doesn’t mean you should start eating less, too. You should actually gain weight (1 to 3 pounds) during the marathon taper. But don’t freak out! This extra weight will consist of water (as you are not sweating as much), glycogen (sugar/carbs stored in your body), minerals and a little fat—all of which will be used to get you to the finish line on race day.
· Stay off your feet as much as possible. Rest your legs at any chance you get.
· Hydrate well. Minimize your coffee and alcohol consumption, as they both can dehydrate you. By running less, you will have more energy, and if you drink a minimum amount of coffee, you will be able to sleep better at night and keep your body on a healthy cycle.
· Be positive. Hang around positive people who are encouraging and supportive of your training and upcoming marathon.
· Write a reminder to yourself that Sunday, March 9th is Daylight Savings time, and we will all “lose" 1 hour!
Nice timing with the Daylight Savings time on race day, huh? That should be fun.
Here’s a little Runner’s World quote for the day.
And here’s a random throw back picture from two years ago.
Not sure what was happening there. Poor guy.
Have a good one!
*A couple more days to enter the Apera Sprint Pack bag giveaway.
Do you ever run “naked”?
How do you feel about the taper? I know some people hate it and others love it. Personally, I have mixed feelings.