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When the stars align: Christmas and taper week!

Firstly, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday (or just a wonderful day off from work)! For me, Christmas week was busy with lots of prep (both days were held at my parent’s house on LI) and consisted of an outrageous amount of food, drink, and laughter. It was perfect.

christmas 2015

This is now the second year that the stars have aligned (or, more accurately, the second year I registered to run a ridiculous amount of miles the first week in January), and Christmas week and a taper week were one and the same.

dopey marathon taper

I decided on a 3 week taper period for two main reasons:

  • I have no time goals and a 3 week taper has worked well for me in the past for no-time-goal marathons (last year’s Dopey, last month’s Philly).
  • I’m a little burnt out on long runs (makes sense as I’ve essentially been non-stop training for something since the end of June).

I decided on a 16M peak run instead of an 18M peak run (like last year’s Dopey training) for two main reasons as well:

  • To repeat an above reason, I’m a little burnt out on long runs.
  • The Disney Marathon falls exactly 7 weeks from the Philly Marathon, compared to last year when the marathon fell 10 weeks after my last marathon.

I’m feeling strong heading into another week of taper before it is officially “race week,” especially in comparison to last year when I was struck with the bubonic plague (okay fine, bronchitis) during my taper period. The most important thing for me now is to stay healthy. This means lots of green teas, water, OnGuard essential oil, and sleep. Seriously, so much sleep. 

I’ve got one last “long” run of 8 miles and then it’s time to head out to Orlando with my beautiful running partner, Nicole.

9 more sleeps til Disney!


Wishing everyone a happy and safe new year!

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Taper crazies?

First up, workouts from week 1 of Philadelphia Marathon taper:

www marathon taper 1

I had to do some shuffling of workouts since Tuesday I ended up at the Isles game in Brooklyn and then spent the weekend in Boston.

boston college

The benefit of making my own schedule and not trying to PR this marathon is that I have a little more flexibility when it comes to rearranging my training around my social life. Also, that 10M run was supposed to be 13-15M but the temps were above 75 with 80% humidity in NYC and my legs were all “bahaha nope” so I adjusted and felt zero guilt.

That time my marathon sign became famous:

marathon sign

This sign is always a hit with the runners and now, finally, at my 3rd race cheering with it, it got some online recognition! Multiple friends/followers found this photo on Instagram when it was posted by the runner, RunKeeper, and then the nycmarathon. When this lovely runner stopped and asked to take a picture with me, I figured I’d never see the photo. Thank you, internet!

Lacking in my taper crazies:

marathon taper crazies

So yea, seems I’m severely lacking in my taper crazies this year. (Taper crazies from years past: you’re probably tapering for a marathon, marathon nightmares)

What I’m experiencing the most right now is the kind of exhaustion that only happens during these taper weeks. No bedtime is too early, every alarm is too early, and I can basically fall asleep at any given moment during the day. The appetite is really starting to pick up too. Yesterday, I ate 5 slices of pizza for lunch and was still starving come dinnertime. But other than that, I’m not experiencing the taper the way I have in years past.

Some reasons why I may not be experiencing full taper crazies:

  • My training was laughable and my body is all, “hahaha tapering from what?”
  • The lack of taper crazies is a new kind of taper crazy designed to give me a false sense of security
  • The full taper crazies are just around the corner and are waiting for me to let my guard down before striking with full force

I know the taper crazies drive me INSANE with each marathon but now my lack of taper crazies are making me even nuttier. I cannot win. Why do I keep signing up for this?


Less than two weeks to Philly… who else is IN?

Tell me about a time you didn’t experience taper crazies and then had the best – race – ever. TELL ME IT’S POSSIBLE.

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When you need a weekend from your weekend: taper time for Philly Marathon and the 2015 NYCM.

First up, workouts from last week:


The last long run:

I am officially tapering for the Philadelphia Marathon in 3 weeks! On that note… OMG how did Philly sneak up on me so quickly?!

marathon mile 24

I still have 2 “long” runs of 13 miles and 10 miles before heading to Philly but those distances seems so much more manageable after Saturday’s 20 miles.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), I was up before 7am because my parents were heading upstate and needed to drop off Islanders tickets for this week. I used the early morning wake-up call as a way to force myself to get started on those 20 miles as early as possible. Unlike in past weeks, I actually got out the door at a time that allowed me to get home before lunch time.

As I try to do with longer runs, I split the miles both mentally and physically:

  • Miles 1-13 in Central Park
  • Miles 13-20 along the Hudson River
    • I actually ran by my apartment to get from Central Park to the Hudson to try and “trick” my mind and body into believing that I was only now going out for a 7 mile run. Oddly enough, it kind of worked.

I cried no less than three times while running through Central Park, which was alive with marathon fever. It was almost impossible to run those last few miles of the course and not think about the complete life-changer this marathon was for me back in 2009, how it has given me 4 of the best days of my life, and blessed me with incredible friends and a real sense of community in this crazy city I call home.

The first taper nap that wasn’t:

Before heading out for the evening, I knew a nap would be necessary. This thought was further confirmed when I started hysterical crying because all I wanted to do was sleep and I was so upset that I still had to eat. Yes, this actually happened.

THEN I couldn’t fall asleep because I couldn’t find a comfortable position. THEN I moved to the bed and found a comfortable position. THEN I couldn’t fall asleep because I couldn’t breathe out of my nose.

So yea, this was all sorts of fun. After putting on a nose strip to help me breathe, I either fell asleep or into a daze for roughly 30 minutes. PSA: a 30-minute “kind of nap” is not enough to get you through a long night of socializing and drinking after a 20 mile run.

Halloween’ing and NYCM eve’ing:

Once we were in our costumes and I pre-apologized to my boyfriend for anything I said/did that evening because I was a cranky pants, we ventured to our first stop for the evening- my solemate’s carbloading fiesta. We watched Michael and Kelly’s Halloween special (the kid grim reaper was good but there were definitely better costumes that should have won!) and fueled (well, refueled, in my case) on pizza, pasta, and chicken parm. JESS DOES CARBLOADING RIGHT! Oh and on that note, congrats lady on your shiny new PR!

Next up, Brooklyn! Last year I couldn’t attend Nicole’s Halloween party because it was marathon eve eve and I was very busy being dressed up in pajamas and going to bed early.

Popeye and Olive Oyl

Popeye and Olive Oyl

‘Twas a good night with some hard root beer (delicious and 20M run approved) and people I adore.

2015 New York City Marathon:

Hey I didn’t throw a tantrum this year because I wasn’t running! PROGRESS!

We watched the elites from my couch and I made sure to add my own broadcast so that Justin knew absolutely everything there is to know about marathons and the NYCM. He fell asleep so maybe journalism isn’t in my future…

Once Jess hit the 16 mile mark, we walked across the park to 5th Avenue to get a good spot before mile 23.

As always, my sign was a big hit:

Marathon sign

Marathon sign

We got to see most of my friends running and I was able to jump in with my coworker and give her some encouraging words to get to the finish line. I may have cried just a little…

After such an amazing day watching the most inspiring of events, I am READY for Philly. Just get me to that start line.


CONGRATS to all NYCM finishers! Hope to see you back running these streets again 🙂 

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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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