Little meltdown of love and experimental tuesday

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Ya anyway, I have been having a bit of a meltdown lately about all this tapering.  Sure, I’m running just as long in just as many days, but the intensity of the runs has significantly died down.  I have also been a little bit more….emotional….then in the last couple of weeks. TO TOP IT ALL OFF, my birthday is on Friday and it’s not even something I’m thinking about.

WHO AM I???

I am Lauren.  And I am tapering.  I have taper madness.
Weight gain, Tearfulness, Melancholy, Low Energy, Fatigue, ADHD, High Energy, Bird Poop.

I emailed Becca about what was going on with me, and this was some of her response.

Hey Lauren!!
That’s why I started sending out my pre-marathon emotional emails, because it is SO SO SO common. It’s a hell of a journey, but honestly, nothing in the world (except having a child) compares to crossing the finish line in a MARATHON.. Think about the fact that TWO (as in 1.. 2..) of the population will EVER run a marathon!!! Here is another article I have, I cut and pasted the most important parts!
Preparing to run a marathon not only requires physical preparation but also an emotional and spiritual preparation. Marathon preparation occurs over many months with the anticipation of running a  specific marathon in one particular city.  For beginning runners, understanding the process in which beginners prepare for marathons both physically and mentally, will ensure a more smooth transition and guaranteed success at passing through the marathon finish line.

Beyond physical training, the beginning runner will endure emotional and mental preparation prior to a marathon. While for most runners, the goal is not to win the race but, instead, to simply finish.   Especially during the first marathon, the runner will undergo a transformation, both spiritually and mentally, as they experience the achievement of a goal which few are able to a achieve.  Working the body into a state in which endurance, over a long period, is appreciated while maintaining mental awareness. This is most often attributed to imbalance of hormones.

It is normal to experience intense emotions before a marathon. Many athletes feel very anxious and most feel some degree of anxiety. Anxiety can be related to inadequate race preparation.However, they should try to interpret these feelings to mean that they are excited; marathon are by its very nature uncertain, and even the most confident athletes still have a degree of anticipation regarding how things will turn out. It is possible to feel anxious but to interpret these feelings in a motivational way as being ready to perform. Anxiety can be a good thing!! Lauren- you are READY!

She’s right.  I’m ready.  I have to keep telling myself that.  Plus, I really have the best cheerleaders ever…those new and old!  If you have tips, I welcome any and all to get me through these next two weeks!!

I decided to go out today to see what it felt like to do an easy run.  About 5.5 miles with a little walking sprinkled about.  My hamstrings were feeling a little bomb from that Frog Jump workout on Toneitup.com

First, let’s look at me taking pics of me with my Iphone.  First, here is moi pre-run.  Idk why it’s red up in here.

Ya, I know I know, I shouldn’t be complaining, but I’ve never felt confident about me body, especially my stomach…and the last few days I’ve felt like a hellaphant.
Then…after 5.5 miles in the heat and sunshine.  I looked like this:
After a beautious run, and some smart eating today (Green Monster Smoothie for breakfast, tortellini with chicken sausage, goat cheese, broccoli, and butternut squash for lunch, almonds and an orange for snack) because I cried so much last night, I tried out my EXPERIMENTAL TUESDAY SMOOTHIE!
Not sure how I really felt about it…the broccoli kind of reminded me of almond butter when all was said and done…but it included:
3 strawberries
1 handful of broccoli
3 chunks of frozen mango
several blackberries
1 orange
1 cup of almond milk
tiny splash of strawberry crystal light

I know it’s interesting, I know its good…but this run and experimental tuesday, along with some sweet texts and trying to focus on my birthday first…has really helped me to focus on the important things.  Like, my awesome life!
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4 thoughts on “Little meltdown of love and experimental tuesday

  1. Lots of my friends have the same problem as you and can't do this taper thing, they feel better if they are running. And i know the feeling. I have a marathon in just over a month, so guess what, I'm taking next week off. Yes I need a break now. I don't want a 2 week taper, and with only 4 weeks of training after this week off I will only need a short taper.

    Good luck in this 'rest' period.

  2. I love Becca's email to you – she sounds like a great support system to have!! You are beautiful and totally ready for the marathon – don't let the taper get you down. You are going to rock the marathon! 🙂

  3. I'm tapering for my second marathon right now. While I'm not as much of a wreck as I was for my first, I feel like I could become anxious at any moment so I'm trying to make sure I have plenty of distractions – books, magazines, dvds, phone dates with friends who live far away, running a half-marathon…. I'm sure you are ready, and it's great that you have a support network!

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