The hay is in the barn: NYCM taper time!

First up, workouts from week 14 of NYCM training:

nycm week 14

The hay is in the barn: It’s taper time!

With my last 20-miler complete and less than 2 weeks until race day, it is officially time to taper! Time to decrease the mileage, increase the sleeping, repair these muscles, and rebuild all the glycogen I’ve so willingly depleted these past few weeks.

Thanks Alec, for thinking of me when you saw this...

Thanks Alec, for thinking of me when you saw this…

If you’ve been reading DErunnerNIAL since last year, you know how loony toons I usually get during the taper period:

I even made a “taper crazies” checklist that I’ve since seen many a people pin on Pinterest or post on Instagram:

youve got the crazies

This is the shortest taper period I’ve ever had as I usually do a three week taper soooo perhaps my crazies won’t be as crazy this year? Or is that wishful thinking?

ryan gosling

I’m already experiencing the ‘stuffed up, can’t breathe, I obviously have some strand of the bubonic plague’ going on so that’s fun. Here’s to lots of sleep, whole foods, Emergen-C, and tea knocking this out real quick!  It actually makes me feel a lot better to read my checklist from last year to see that yes, this is normal, you’ve gotten a cold during taper before and still finished a marathon. 

woohoo ryan gosling

Actually, the biggest thing I’m worried about this year is fueling. I haven’t done anything different my past two long runs but during both runs I had a “omg I need a restroom right this second” moment and luckily, I happened to be right near a restroom at the time.  But seriously, WTF? That cannot happen on marathon day. Start praying to the marathon gods right now. Thanks.

ALSO – if you haven’t already seen, I shared some taper tips with The Active Times last week so check them out here! Hopefully, I can remember my own advice these next 12 days…


How do you deal with the taper crazies?

Tell me the most ridiculous taper crazy moment you’ve had so I can feel less like a loony toon…


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5 Responses to The hay is in the barn: NYCM taper time!

  1. Right there with you sister! Same marathon and all! That pic reminds me I’ve got leftover pizza in the fridge. Oh yeah!

  2. Since you ask for ridiculous… I would say a couple years ago, about 4 days before an event I was working on a old school puzzle while sitting on my right leg for a couple hours. After taking a break, my leg was numb and for the next couple hours I was convinced I was paralyzed or something. More embarrassing than ridiculous.

  3. SO excited for you!!! NYCM and Dopey coming up!! WOOHOO!

  4. I love this post. 1) because you’re funny and b) because there are 2 Ryan Gosling images and one Ryan Gosling pizza face! Amazzzzingggg

  5. I get taper crazy too. Like all I do is eat and sleep and go nuts.
    I am so excited for you NYC is a dream!!!