Last Week of Taper



I'll be running a marathon in York, PA, on May 26! My last week of workouts comes from the book Advanced Marathoning (first edition) and is about the same as I've done before previous marathons. Here's what's planned:

Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 7 miles with 2 marathon paced miles
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: 4 miles

I plan to use Triberry Gu gels and Gatorade. I'm bringing salt tablets, too. I've practiced with salt tablets in training, but sometimes I have trouble getting them into my mouth. During the Kona Marathon, my bag of salt tabs fell out of my pocket. I dropped them yesterday, too.

Yesterday, I ran 12 miles in the humidity. Humidity makes running kind of uncomfortable, but it's probably good training for a possibly humid race. And when you're finished running, strangers can have fun telling you that it looks like you fell into a swimming pool and everyone can have a good laugh.

During the run, I drank Gatorade and ate a Triberry Gu gel. I brought along a salt tab, but I dropped it out of the plastic I had wrapped it in and lost it. At the race, I'll probably take a water bottle and just carry some in the pocket without wrapping them. Sometimes simple is best!

The top photo was taken in Kona. This post describes the day before I ran in the Kona marathon, which was a humid race. I went on a hike and ate chocolate cake that day. It's good to be reminded of those types of things so that when it's time to run another marathon, you don't get too worried about every little thing like eating cake before a race. Well, at least I don't think the cake slowed me down!


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  1. Gorgeous picture of Kona. I hope to go there some day. Enjoy your taper this week. I'm excited for both of our marathons next weekend, eventhough they are on opposite coasts!

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    1. How fun that we're running marathons on the same day!

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  2. Good luck with your race and enjoy this week's taper. Hope the weather is perfect for you.
    My hubby has his first sprint triathlon of the season next weekend. I can't wait! I love being on the spectator side :)

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    1. I like being the spectator, too. Have fun!

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  3. You're almost there Tina!!

    Yeah, those salt tabs can be tricky to handle for sure. I've found using the snack sized zip lock bags help keep them under control til they get to where they're supposed to.

    Excited for you :)

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    1. Ya know, I use those snack bags to carry my phone (to protect it from sweat). I sometimes use a teeny tiny bag for the salt tabs, but it's hard to get my fingers in it while running. Maybe the larger snack size bag would work better.

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  4. Good luck on Sunday! I'm running my first 2013 marathon on June 2 (North Olympic Discovery Marathon in Port Angeles, WA). (And then the Kauai Marathon on Sept. 1!)

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    1. Both of those courses will be beautiful. I'd love to run those marathons!

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  5. Enjoy your taper week! You have earned it :)

    Kona is so beautiful....actually the whole island is. I would like to go back.

    You will figure out a good salt tab plan. Some people wrap them in saran wrap, i think. I hope it's not so humid on race day!

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    1. Thanks! I miss running as much as usual during taper time, but it's nice to have more time for other things, too, like going back and reading my previous race recaps on my blog!

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  6. Beautiful picture!!! I wish you a great race and hopefully not too humid!!

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    1. Hawaii is so pretty! It's a great place to run a marathon - even if it is humid sometimes.

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  7. Best of luck Saturday! I own salt tablets, just haven't been together enough to actually take them in training. That's why I love Shot Blok's margarita flavor (no, not as fun as they sound). They have extra salt.

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    1. I've used those shot bloks and they actually made it into my mouth (while racing, I think)! Thanks for the reminder about those salty chews!

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    2. Just checked... I used those in Kona. Here's what I ate: 4 Powerbar gels (more sodium than Gu), 4 margarita Clif Shot Bloks. I think those are easier for me to hang onto since they're bigger than salt tablets.

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  8. Very exciting, taper time and the marathon approaching! I hear you on dropping the items you plan to bring along during the race. I dropped one of my Accel Gels during my marathon and unfortunately it fell in the dirt so the opening was covering in it. Hopefully you'll have good luck with no dropping on this marathon!

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    1. Dropping a gel would be the worst! I feel kind of bad whenever I see gels on the ground during races - knowing somebody probably counted on using those.

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  9. Looks beautiful!! Good luck w/ your taper and especially w/ your race!

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  10. Good luck with your race! I have heard that the salt tablets are helpful. I bought some but kept forgetting to use them during training so I don't want to chance it during the race. I am usually pretty salty after a long run and probably need some! I have tried the margarita Shot Bloks and they are too salty for me to keep in my mouth.

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    1. There are so many variables that it's hard to know if I need the salt tabs or not, like many things with running! Still, I tend to think that they do help me.

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  11. Good luck in this weekend's race! Sounds like you really have your fueling down, which is huge.

    We went swim running this weekend too. Can we call that "swinning"? :) It was so hot, but I think bringing more water along would have been very helpful.

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    1. Yes, swinning! This week I'm especially glad that during training, I practice as much as I can with what I'll eat and drink on race day.

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  12. Enjoy the rest of your taper this week and have a great marathon on the weekend!!

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    1. Thanks, I can hardly wait for the weekend to get here! You train for so long and then when taper time comes, you feel like you're ready to go!

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  13. Best wishes on your race! I was prepared to be affected by the change in temperature and humidity in recent weeks, but I have been amazed at how much less further I can run now than I could when it was in the 60s and 70s. I'm regsitered for the Peachtree Road Race (10K) on July 4. I hope I can get acclimated to the heat and humidity before then!

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    1. A 10K in July sounds hot! It would be nice if they would provide ice in cups like they did in Kona. I was happy to be running with ice in my mouth.

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  14. i'm so excited for you just reading this! your 13th marathon is coming up!!!! can't wait to hear how it goes. i know you are more than ready! i believe the weather should be on the not so hot side looking ahead to the weekend. but then again... you just never know! i drenched my face with cold water today twice and it helped so much!

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    1. I like to stop at the fountain and pour water on myself - nice! Since you mentioned it, I checked the weather and the expected low is 40 degrees - yes!

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