Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Five: Things to do while tapering

1. Read. Because during training you always fell asleep when attempting this activity. This can also double as race prep and motivation.
Currently in the middle of: Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness (Affiliate link)
I'm really enjoying it and getting in the mind of one of the top Ultrarunners is great mental prep for me right now. He is funny, tough as nails, and really inspirational. I definitely see me reading this more that once.
Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America (Affiliate link)
Recently finished this one and I really enjoyed it. Originally ran into it in a used book store and was drawn in by the title, but the book was even better than expected. Marshall is an amazing ultrarunner who did a Quad-Badwater and a coast to coast run across the US.  Another great look into the mentality of ultrarunning.

2. Paint your toe nails. Great activity to hide your frightening black and blue nails and allow you to still wear flip-flops in public without scaring small children.
You really don't want me to zoom in any closer. I've finally lost all the blistered skin from the Troop Trot but the myriad of black and blue toenails remain.

3. Try a new beer. Because carbo loading is an important part of the tapering process. (Note: beers should be consumed individually, not en masse, otherwise you will end up running hungover). This week I tried two beers one very local and one very not local.
The White Hops from Three Taverns brewery here in Atlanta.
Three Taverns is a small, new brewery (just turned 1) and I am loving their stuff. I stumbled on it because it is across the street from the Monster's kennel. I don't think their distribution is very big yet so it might be difficult to find outside the city, but their White Hops is excellent. The Jayhawk describes it as " light, refreshing, and packed with flavor".
Aloha!
The second pick of the week is Koko Brown from Kona Brewing. It's a great brown ale brewed with toasted coconut (yep, they had me at coconut), but it's a darker beer without being too heavy. The Jayhawk loved that it was smooth and without any bitterness.

4. Cook something. You need to fuel up for the big race, right?! On day two of taper, the Jayhawk actually joked that he was going to send out a search party to find me because I was being way too domestic to be EB. Probably worth mentioning that by that point I had already cooked 5 new recipes and showed no signs of slowing down. Highlights include Spiced Oat and Pear Blondies (they were rather yummy), Rigatoni and cheese casserole with mint and peas, Pineapple mojitos, and Cold soba noodles with miso, lime and ginger. Can't wait to see what the second week of taper brings.
The lemon zest and mint made the rigatoni cassarole taste much lighter than expected. Loved it!
5. Make sacrifices to the weather gods. Because this just isn't funny. It was 91 today, feels like 97.  That's crazy hot when you are running 31+ miles. Please send me some positive juju on this one folks.
Here's to hoping those record lows return in time for race day.
What are your favorite taper time activities? What is your dream race weather?

11 comments:

  1. Favorite taper activities - Reviewing training, looking at race plan, doing mental training/visualization, watching inspiring running movies.

    Harsh on the weather, especially for that long of a race. My dream race weather? Low 40s and overcast, 5mph wind, no chance of rain so humidity low despite clouds.

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    1. I love running in the 40s too! I'll make it work even if it's nasty humid. Might just have to slow down significantly!

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  2. My big favorite taper activity is carb loading. Close second is getting to sleep in when I would normally be running. Your beer tasting is making me miss visiting ATL and going to the breweries! My hubby used to live really close to ABC and would go there all the time. We still have a TON of ABC pint glasses (as well as a boatload of Sweetwater pint glasses). I hope the weather gets its act together for your race! Maybe the polar vortex will return? :)

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    1. Carbo loading is the best. ABC actually changed it's name to Red Brick and there are a ton of new breweries in the past few years. Sounds like you need a return visit!

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  3. Boy, that's some hot weather!! I'll be praying it cools for your race.
    I ran a 3 hr trail run a week ago and it was 85f.. drank everything I brought. 48 oz!!
    I have the Scott Jurek book and haven't read it yet. Maybe I should!
    Almost go time for you!! You're going to do fantastic :)

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    1. Thanks Raina! The Jurek book is really good. Great motivation!

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  4. I am all about binge watching TV on the couch while praying to the weather gods.

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    1. Much praying to the weather gods around here this week. Come on cold snap!

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  5. Ha! Cooking never comes to mind when I think of tapering lol Everything sounded yummm though :) I like the beer/ale reviews, that is useful info. Scott Jurek is amazing, I think I need the book :)

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    1. Haha, I love to eat and the Jayhawk and I cook a lot together, so I feel like I have time to do more of it! I'll have to share more beer reviews (it's an important part of recovery). I am really enjoying Jurek's book! I recommend it!

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