Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Taper Week 2

Okay – I made it to week 2. Some of the things that I will be thinking about and doing this week:

  • Taking it eas(ier): I’ll be maintaining intensity but cutting back on volume.  Last night I pulled off 6 miles at an average pace of 9:28. My longest run will be this weekend at 8 miles. Nothing else over 6 for the week. Sunday’s run will be in the two mile range. I could get used to this.
  • Eating: I’ll be putting a little greater emphasis on carbs this week. But – I’m not going overboard! Instead of chicken and rice I’ll have rice and chicken. (YESSSSS!!!!) I’ll be limiting some foods high in saturated fats like  ice cream that my body will glomp onto. (NOOOOOO!!!!) Oh well. The added weight certainly won’t help on race day.
  • Race plan: It’s time to formalize my plan. I *think* I know why I’m doing this. Time to be held accountable. Look for this by the end of the week.
  • Day before and race morning logistics: This will be done solely for reduction of stress. My stress. I love a planned world. I don’t deal too well with surprises.

It’s nervous time. I think I’m a lot more nervous than the last time around in October…

Oh – an answer to a question that I asked yesterday about B-Tags. A comment posted by WadiaSoft directed me to ChronoTrack’s website:

“If you are using the single use ChronoTrack B-Tag as a timing device for your event, please ensure the following in order to receive an accurate time.

  • Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Race bib is pinned in all four corners
  • Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)”
  • So now you and I know. I feel sorry for anyone who won’t get a start time because it’s cool and they decide to wear a jacket….

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    1. Why aren't the just using the D Tags? They work well. I have seen people who don't quite teh full idea of the "D" shape on the laces, but still get there times in and accurate. Is there some information I am missing about using B tags over D Tags?

    2. Hi Glenn,
      Good luck this week:) You are doing great!

    3. Woohooo, getting closer and closer!!

    4. And t his my friend is why I only taper for two weeks :)

    5. They may wear a jacket at the beginning, but they won't have one at the end. You can do this.

    6. I'm just going to ignore the part about limiting the ice cream. Ahem.

      Thanks for the fueling link. I'll have to read it thoroughly.

    7. Yeah stay away from that ice cream! I have had some bad runs and races because I ate ice cream the night before! Not my best choice but i am learning!

    8. You're getting so close! How exciting!

      This is all such good info. I am a psychotic reader and rule-abider. I feel bad for the people who don't/aren't. It would suck to not have a time!

      Keep it up! And enjoy that rice and chicken. :)

    9. I'm excited for you, I wish I could come watch and cheer for everyone. It sounds like you've settled into your taper or tapir or whatever...keep resting too!

    10. Yeay for week 2! ::high fives Glenn::

      And yeay for carbs!

      I can't believe how dramatic the B-Tags are. Wow.

    11. those b-tags sound like a pain...

      maybe if i actually got my diet in check i could drop a couple pounds! you sure seem to be on top of it - the taper is probably a more important time to really focus on eating huh? (obv all the time would be more ideal of course)

      just think of all the ice cream and sugar you can consume as soon as you cross the finish!