Taper Week Exhaustion

My little family
My little family and no, I’m not naked. Just wearing a strapless dress 🙂

Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all!!! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend and got to celebrate the moms in their life—or be celebrated!

I love my mom and my MIL, but I'm not sharing my Diet Coke with anyone. Nice try.
I love my mom and my MIL, but I’m not sharing my Diet Coke with anyone. Nice try.

We had a great day. My in-laws came over and we enjoyed a yummy breakfast that my husband cooked. I slipped out right after we were done eating and went to my nephew’s dedication ceremony at my sister’s church.

My nephew getting dedicated. He looked like he was really into it!
My nephew getting dedicated. He looked like he was really into it!

I dashed out after it was over and rejoined our celebration at my house. It was pretty low key, but so much fun. I’m not sure I tell my mother-in-law how much she means to me and how much I appreciate all she does for us, so it was nice to have that opportunity.

I slept a little late, so only managed to squeeze a couple of miles in Sunday morning. So I went back out during Max’s nap and ran a few miles. I came home to find my husband rocking and singing to him—my heart always melts when my husband sings to Max—trying to get him back to sleep. I ended up changing quickly and taking him from my husband (who needed to get ready for work) and cuddled him on the couch. It was actually a nice Mother’s Day present to get some extra cuddles with my favorite little guy.

Poor Max had to snuggle with a greasy, post-run mommy!
Poor Max had to snuggle with a greasy, post-run mommy!
Another pic with my favorite guy from this weekend
Another pic with my favorite guy from this weekend

Overall, it was a great day. I didn’t get to see my mom until last night (Monday night) when we celebrated with my family. We had a fun get together at my parents house that included Chinese food and lots of babies—my sister and her husband have a 6-month old and my brother and his wife have 6-month old twins(and a 4-year-old!)—and I forgot to take any pictures. FAIL.

NOT from yesterday - Family pics a few months ago so you can see all the BABIES! And of course Max, who looks thrilled to be in the picture, and my nephew Rory down in front :)
NOT from yesterday – Family pics a few months ago so you can see all the BABIES! And of course Max, who looks thrilled to be in the picture, and my nephew Rory down in front 🙂

Changing tracks, my running last week was decent. I need to start writing down my mileage because, yeah, I’m not really sure how many miles I ran. I know I can use my watch to figure it out, but I don’t always wear it when I run with the stroller or when I run on the treadmill. One of my top goals for marathon training this summer is to keep a running log and stick to it.

Running selfie from last week. I'm way too excited to be on the treadmill at 11 PM. Also, don't mind all the toys behind the treadmill!
Running selfie from last week. I’m way too excited to be on the treadmill at 11 PM. Also, don’t mind all the toys behind the treadmill!

So yeah, if I scrape my fuzzy memory, I think I ran somewhere in the low to mid 30s for mileage—definitely a jump down from the week before. I felt very sluggish during most of last week’s runs. I think the few doubles and one triple I ran the week before that, plus a 12-miler with speed incorporated, kicked my buns. My body has been screaming at me for rest, and I’m trying to oblige.

Resting and drinking lots of juice! This is my current favorite!
Resting and drinking lots of juice! This is my current favorite!

Last week was a cut-back week and now this week (race week!), I’ll be focusing on less mileage and easy paces. I took yesterday completely off and I definitely needed it. This morning I ran 4 miles and focused on keeping my pace in the low 9s. My average pace this morning was a 9:05.

Foam rolling while little man plays
Foam rolling while little man plays

I’m still feeling tired and a bit sluggish, though not as sore as I had been for the past few weeks. I’ve been foam rolling like it’s my job, so that’s helping! The plan this week is to eat well, rest well and get ready to race my heart out on Saturday!

Max isn't sure why he hangs out with these two goofballs...
Max isn’t sure why he hangs out with these two goofballs..

 Do you like tapering?

Not usually, but this time I needed it! I’m excited to see how my training and tapering will pay off this weekend!

Are you a juice-lover?

I’m becoming one. Carrot juice is my new obsession.

Have a great Tuesday!

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16 thoughts on “Taper Week Exhaustion

  1. Wow, so many babies in that picture! Looks like so much fun 🙂 I’m struggling with my taper right now… so I don’t think I’m a fan, but this is my first half marathon so I don’t have a lot of experience with it.

    I’ve never been a juice person, but I randomly picked up some V8 fusion light peach mango juice at the grocery store on Sunday and I’m loving it!

    1. It is fun with all the babies – but very hectic 🙂 Max gets jealous whenever all the babies are around! Yeah, the taper can be challenging. It definitely messes with me mentally, though I’m trying to take a more zen approach!

  2. I’m a taper lover. I just took two days off in a row. which is crazy.! but weirdly enough when I take days off, I come back even better. so that’s kind of approach to my half this weekend.
    I love that picture of your whole family.! love how your parents are in the middle. they created such a beautiful family 🙂 hopefully someday my siblings have kids so that we can take a pic like that, and so I can be an aunt.! lol

    1. I agree, when I take a rest day or two I come back stronger! Thank you so much, that was our first whole family photo since the babies were born 🙂 you’ll love being an aunt someday! You get to do all the fun stuff and none of the hard parenting stuff 🙂

  3. Happy belated Mother’s Day, Molly! Your little boy is darling. 🙂

    I am not a fan of taper. I like the resting aspect of it, but I get phantom pains and worry that I’m injured or getting sick.

  4. Looks like you had a great Mothers Day!

    I have a love/hate relationship with taper. I definitely fall victim to the taper crazies but the rest is usually so needed!

    I’m a big fan of green juice lately! I have a tough time eating raw veggies for some reason, so being able to drink a juice makes me feel better 😉

  5. Happy belated Mother’s Day to you! Sounds like a fun and busy weekend. With all the great training you’ve been putting in you definitely deserve to ease up during your taper. I usually enjoy the taper because when it comes I truly, truly need it. It usually comes right at that point where I’ve hit exhaustion and need a good break to regroup. Good luck this weekend!!

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