It feels so good to be on taper for a marathon. Wait, I'm not running a marathon...but I am on taper for one, and it's pretty nice. I get to enjoy running just a few miles in the morning - last Thursday, Diane and I ran 3 miles and felt like we hardly did anything! That is a far cry from where I was a few months ago...we used to only run 2.5 miles during the weekdays, because running 3 felt like too much. Oh how my perspective has changed, thanks to piggybacking on Diane's training for her marathon!
So taper. I get the benefits of taper without the stress of taper madness, which is a real thing when you've worked hard to build up your mileage for a race and then are supposed to cut back shortly before the race. Diane is thinking, thinking, thinking about every detail leading up to the race (it's out of town, so she has to make sure she packs everything she will need), plus there's that whole race thing that she's thinking about, as well. Me? I'm just along for the ride, and it's easy street over here.
Our last long run got delayed until Monday morning - we planned on running Sunday because we all had a luncheon to attend on Saturday, but on Sunday morning, we had thunderstorms, so we had to skip the run. At least the storms brought in a nice cool front; I actually pulled out a long-sleeved shirt to wear for our 5 miler, which is pretty rare for May - but I'll take it over the humid mornings we normally have any day. Jeff, Diane, and I ran around our neighborhood - we've come up with a pretty decent way to run some loops here and loops there and we end up getting in a lot of miles in a relatively small area. I felt great during the entire run; I'm sure the cooler weather had something to do with it, but the truth is, I'm in pretty decent running shape right now, thanks to all the running I've been doing with Diane.
We just have an easy 2 miler on tap for today, and then BOOM - she's done. Well, until Saturday. Then she's going to run 26.2 miles like a boss! I've asked her to do a race recap, so we should have that up in a couple of weeks - I can't wait to hear all about it!