Taper is Done, Race in the Morning


Well today I finished my taper. The last time I ran was Wednesday a week ago. I felt I need to really pamper my knees and they feel great. I wore knee braces for a few days and have been icing them every night.  I’d say they are about 98%. I’ve also been fueling up over the past week. I had a big Carb dinner last night and a smaller one tonight. I’ve gained six pounds during my taper but read that is not necessarily a bad thing if you are tapering and fueling correctly before a big race.  I have no worries about my strength or endurance. I’m positive I’m strong enough to go the distance both physically and mentally.

Today I picked up my race packet!

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It was really awesome seeing all those people who will be running with me tomorrow. Bib number 1919, easy to remember and a nice long-sleeved shirt. They also had Pace Bands. I was thinking about buying one online but I’m glad I didn’t since they had them for free! I’ve decided to join a Pace group for a 4:45 finish. That way I won’t get too carried away, plus I’ll get to run with some experienced runners for my first marathon.

All I have left to do is get everything packed up and laid out tonight so I don’t forget anything. Hartford is about an hour away and I want to get there about 2 hours early to find parking, account for unexpected traffic, and meet up with my pace group an hour before the race. That means leaving about 4:30ish.

I can’t believe tomorrow is the big day. The year has gone by so fast. Thank you for all the encouragement during my journey. I will be thinking of all of you during my run and I’m sure I will feel your spirit with the whole way.

 

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20 thoughts on “Taper is Done, Race in the Morning

  1. Fit Journey 50

    Good Luck!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  2. willbfit

    I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to hear all about it. You’ve trained well so I’m sure you’ll rock this race. Good luck and have fun, Sir!!

  3. You will do FANTASTIC!!!!

  4. So exciting! Good luck tomorrow!

  5. Rock it tomorrow! If it gets rough, just remember you’re doing what you love to do

  6. Have a blast! Your going to do great!!!

  7. Good luck! You’re going to do great!!!

  8. Happy running! Love the pace band too 🙂

  9. Very best of times to you Jon….I’ll be thinking of you and wishing you success all day!

  10. David, you’re such an inspiration! Sending you positive thoughts and strength as you cross that finish line! Cannot wait to hear about the race! 🙂

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