Marathon Training Weeks 19 & 20: Taper Time

I didn’t write a Weekly Wrap last week because, quite honestly, I was just frustrated with my training …or lack thereof. Yes it was time to taper and I was fine with that. However, due to my foot issue, I’ve done more than taper …I’ve pretty much been on the bench. Will it have negative effects on my performance come race day or will all the extra rest be the perfect recipe for my first marathon debut? Only time will tell, but I’m leaning toward the perfect recipe! Positive thoughts bring positive results, right?


So what have I been doing the past two weeks? Well, there were 3 runs …yep, three less than stellar runs.  A couple of days after my podiatry appointment, I went out for an easy 4 miler to test out the foot. This went fairly well, a little pain but nothing that I couldn’t tolerate. The following Sunday I attempted to run 14 miles. After about 9 miles, it became clear that my foot was just not ready for long distance and I stopped at 11.5 miles. I decided to refrain from running the next week altogether. On Saturday, I gave in to the running itch and my curiosity to know if my foot was improving. The warm temps and sunshine was the perfect setting for 8 miles …there was still some intermittent pain but for the most part, this was a huge improvement over last week’s run.  I’m remaining optimistic though.

To fill in the exercise gaps, I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the indoor trainer with Lexi, at the gym with the rower and on the foam roller. There was even a fun little challenge with Major Hubs at the gym …best two out of three on the rower, stair-mill and air bike. Gotta keep things interesting, especially when you’re tapering!


However, I have to say that Rachel’s Burpees, Planks & Push-Ups Challenge has literally saved my sanity over the past couple of weeks …it just couldn’t have come at a better time. It has, not only, kept my mind off the fact that my running has been off, but has given me daily goals and improved strength. Over the past two weeks, I have completed 220 burpees, 22 plank minutes and 220 push-ups! As someone who has always considered burpees my arch nemesis, I never thought I’d say this ….but, “Thanks for the burpees, Rachel!

As I’m sure most of you have experienced, I’ve been somewhat of a bundle of nerves this past week. I’ve been thinking about every ‘what if’ scenario that could possibly happen on race day and trying to mentally prepare for them. (Read all about my Marathon Woes, if interested)

Just in case you are beginning to secretly call me Negative Nelly, let me assure you that my mind has not been totally consumed with negative thoughts ….I’ve also been working on an energizing playlist, a couple of encouraging mantras for those tough miles and picturing myself crossing that finish line with arms in the air and fists pumping! My journey to 26.2 is almost complete ….it’s time to rest, fuel and hydrate. Then on Saturday morning, I will take a deep breath, get to work, enjoy the good miles, embrace the suck of the tough ones and relish in my accomplishment. I will be a marathoner.

…..and that’s a wrap! Thank you all for the support and encouragement throughout this journey. It has carried me through the past 20 weeks and I have no doubt that it will carry me through 26.2 miles on race day.

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap. Please stop by and visit these fabulous ladies and all the other ladies linking up. WeeklyWrapNewYou truly will not find a more supportive group of women to help keep you motivated on this crazy, yet fulfilling fitness journey.


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28 thoughts on “Marathon Training Weeks 19 & 20: Taper Time

  1. I certainly hope you get your foot issues worked out! I think you’re definitely staying active enough to not really lose any training or fitness, too! And, at least you’re on the taper. That’ll give your foot some extra time to rest, too. 🙂


  2. I wouldn’t call you Negative Nelly at all–all the emotions you are feeling are completely normal before a marathon. You have only one goal now, to cross that finish line!! Good luck!


  3. Ugh, injuries are so frustrating. Let’s just get better, OK? Times like this you have to trust your training — hopefully your foot won’t betray you.


  4. It sounds like you are all set! Try to stay positive, but its so normal to have those negative thoughts. Hopefully you will get them all out now so you can go into race day feeling great!


  5. I think you’re gonna do much better than you anticipate. All the extra rest you’re giving your foot will pay big dividends. When I ran my first marathon, I was so excited about the finish line, I don’t think I was a bit nervous. I remember my eyes tearing up numerous times throughout the course because I was so caught up in the moment of “running a marathon.” You totally got this!!!!


  6. I think all your worries/fears are completely & utterly normal — sorry! Your’e not special. 🙂 But you really are, because you are fighting through it all and going after it all. How’s the forecast looking?

    This week, go back to your why. Why did you decide to run this marathon? The right why should help you get through the suck. And BTW, one of my friends calls those last 6.2 miles the marathon miracle — you don’t train for it, but somehow, you do, and you WILL get through it.


  7. I know it’s hard but keep the faith! It can be difficult when you’re sidelined for a little while with an injury, but you have worked so hard for months. All that training is going to help you come race day.

    Have an AMAZING race this weekend! I’ll be cheering for you virtually!


  8. Darlene says:

    Can’t believe it’s almost time. It seems like you just began training (well, maybe not to you.)

    You are one tough lady and I have the utmost confidence you will cross that finish line.

    Remember – if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.


  9. I can’t wait to “watch” you cross that finish line, feeling so very accomplished, shedding those happy tears, and call you a MARATHONER! You are a strong gal and you’ve so got this, my friend. Kick butt. Thanks for linking!

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