Time to Run “Naked”, Pretty Cool Things and Taper Advice From Coach Kastor

 

I have some pretty cool things to share today. Totally random, but what’s new.

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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.

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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.

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Unfortunately the ham slices weren’t touched, but oh well. The apple slices were and the sandwiches was gone.

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The boys are making some pretty cool progress in the art department at school. Check out these Band-Aid men.

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I’m so proud.

 

Anyhoo…

I decided I needed a short, slow “naked” run outside this morning after I dropped them off.

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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.

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Went with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10s and somehow I ended up in the plants out front afterwards. Weird.

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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.

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Here’s my post run pretty cool colorful plate from earlier today.

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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.

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Oh it was so good.

 

I got an email notification that the Boston Marathon repinned this from Pinterest.

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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.)

 

As part of the Asics LA Marathon blogger challenge team, we’ve been getting weekly advice from Coach Kastor.

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.

 

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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!

 

Happy tapering!

Coach Kastor

 

 

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.

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And here’s a random throw back picture from two years ago.

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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.

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Comments

  1. 1
    elizabeth says:

    Tell me about the “chia coconut frosting type thing”.

  2. 2
    Laura says:

    Hey, I totally could have ran with you today …. and we could have been shoe twins. Haha :)

  3. 3

    I have to get better at running “naked”! Ever since I bought a GPS watch I’m so obsessed with stats…I think it gets to me without me realizing it. I’ll do a naked run soon – thanks for the reminder!
    Anna

  4. 4
    VIKKI MORGAN says:

    Love,Love running naked @times!

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    Laura P says:

    Omg that throwback picture is too cute!

    The SD RNR shirt is awesome! I wish the San Jose one was as nice as that.

    I’m running the LA marathon as my first full, so this taper business is new for me. It’s nice to have no super long runs on the horizon! (Until the 9th that is!)

  6. 6

    I try to run “naked” sometimes! It is so good to just listen to your body and GO! I hate the taper just because I already have so much energy building up around the race and then to not be doing as much movement is hard for me! I get so antsy and anxious… but this is something I need to work on. Embrace the taper and trust your training!

  7. 7

    I love to run “naked” every so often it. It allows you to focus on the beauty and wonderful parts of running and forget about pace, distance, etc. It’s so relaxing and enjoyable!

  8. 8

    I needed this today! I’m in my taper (9 days away!) and I feel the madness coming on. It’s nice not to have to worry about the long weekend runs, but these short runs during the week just kill me … I just want to keep going because it seems “silly” to “only” run 3 or 4 miles, and I think I may be able to squeeze a littttttle bit of extra fitness out of it (which I know is false!). Thanks again :)

  9. 9

    I love running naked. I do most of my weekday runs naked when I am not training for something. It takes the pressure off and just lets me enjoy the run and focus on what my body wants to do.

  10. 10
    lindsay says:

    i run naked every day. haha.. well you know what i mean

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    Kathy says:

    Ah, that throw back picture is sweet…..”I am thinking you just told them the Chobani box did not come in the mail today!” ha! ;-)

    Either that or you said, “Do you know when you grow up you can run marathons, eat squash and have a great blog too?!” ha!

    Boys…go figure!

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    I’m just so darn happy you are running again and happy with it! I’m definitely normally a music runner, but occasionally I need the silence. It’s strange how it changes the way you feel when you run when you can hear yourself and the world around you. Tony and I are running an 8k tomorrow that has to be naked and I’m kind of looking forward to the sounds of the runners around me. Should be interesting…

  13. 13

    I get so bored when I taper! Plus I have that nagging feeling that I should be doing something.

    I have been too obsessed with stats lately, I probably should run “naked” one of these days…maybe after my next half.

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    I have to wonder how many people will be late to the race because of daylight savings. Every time there’s a time change part of the office comes in late. Oh wait, maybe that’s just an excuse?
    I don’t like tapering, but, A) I know I need it, B) I still keep relatively active, so it’s not too bad.
    That picture of your kids is too funny (sorry), they both look pretty upset actually.

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    I run naked every Sunday – I guess I could call it that even though I really am not in it for races or paces. :) I do have things I want to accomplish during my gym cardio. :)

    LOVE the kiddo stuff – always!!!!

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