Taper Time

My last official “long” run was this weekend. I had planned my 20 for 10/9, which fell on the same day as See Jane Run. I hit 24 Hour Fitness on Friday on my way home from work to sign up for a 3-day guest pass. Running at 4am by myself outside was not happening, not to mention the fact it would be 4am, super dark, and in the rain. My alarm went off at the ungodly time of 2:10am on Sunday. I drank a glass of Nuun, ate a Larabar, packed up everything I needed for the race and headed down to the gym.

It was raining pretty steadily when I arrived at the gym around 3:45, so I was happy I made the decision to run 7 on the treadmill. Yes, you read that correctly, I was happy to run on the treadmill. I had the entire gym to myself, which was nice. When I was finished, I puddle hopped my way back to the car and made my way to the race site. I knew parking for See Jane Run was unfortunately in a field, so I immediately racked my brain for somewhere other than flooded Mueller Park to leave my car. I used to work right around the corner, so I knew of a couple parking lots I could leave my car in for a few hours. However, it wasn’t long before I realized parking would be the least of my worries.

If you read any of Carly’s posts from the past few days, you know the race ended up being cancelled due to inclement weather. The runners’ response has been overwhelmingly negative, and some of them who commented on See Jane Run’s Facebook page were downright rude. It gets me so fired up to hear people ream out the race director for cancelling the race (thunder? lightning? hello?), not refunding their money (standard procedure for road races), not giving them a medal (you don’t get a finisher’s medal because .. you didn’t finish), and not rescheduling the race (what about the out-of-town runners? They’re expected to be able to just come back to Austin again on a whim? Not everyone can afford that.) I thought this post from Words from a Wellness Warrior was a refreshing take on the situation, reminding everyone what running is all about.

My one and only issue with Sunday was that Rogue Running & Red Licorice tweeted about the race cancellation before we heard about it from See Jane Run. Oh, and the fact that I was awake at 2am when I didn’t have to be, but that is no one’s fault but my own…

End rant.

Shortly after 7am I had a 20oz cup of steaming java in my hand and all was right in the world again. Thank you, Carly! Despite the caffeine I was consuming, fatigue was setting in. Hmm, I wonder why… maybe that early wakeup call? The race may have been cancelled, but I had been planning for months to be running 13.1 (+ 7) on October 9th. The rain was still coming down and the thunder/lightning still were making their presence known. Running at Brushy Creek was not an option. As much as I wanted to avoid it, I knew I only had one choice: run my half marathon on a treadmill at Gold’s.

So off to the gym I went. Ugh. You want to build mental endurance? Run 20 miles for the day on a treadmill.

I would recommend watching The Departed on TV while running this distance. The movie + commercials killed three hours.

I would not recommend chugging a venti Starbucks coffee before 13.1 miles.
But finally, my last long run is DONE!
I am less than three weeks out from race day. I can’t believe it.

Congratulations to Angie, Randee, and Cely who all finished their first marathon in Chicago this past weekend! Great job ladies!


9 responses to “Taper Time

  1. Jenn October 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    oh my god I’m nervous now!! I couldn’t get in 20 and I think the longest run I’ll get in this weekend is 16 or 18. 😦 But I will finish this damn marathon! 🙂 Can’t believe it’s so close!

    • Melissa October 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      You’ll be fine, I’m sure of it! You’ve done a full before, and I think that will help you cross that finish line again. Good luck with your run this weekend!

  2. Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs October 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I still can’t believe that See Jane Run crap. Ridiculous!

    Awesome job rocking out your last long run!!! And yay for Taper time. I’ll be joining you next week.

  3. Eat: Watch: Run October 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Aww yeah, maybe after my long run this weekend, we can enjoy a virual taper glass of wine together?
    Awesome job on the treadmill! I did 14 on the treadmill for the same reason (weather) and I bought a movie to get through it. I should check the TV schedule next time cuz I could have used some commercials.

  4. Andrea October 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Love your blog Melissa. Good luck with the marathon! Take it one mile at a time, soak in the entire experience, and have FUN!!

  5. Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans October 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    20 miles on a treadmill??? You are a total rockstar!!!!

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