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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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you’re probably tapering for a marathon if…

First up, week 16 of Chicago Marathon training (taper week 1):

chicago week 16

Signs you may be tapering for a marathon:

Tapering for a marathon can cause some craziness for us runners.  Last week, I had already started to feel the effects of the taper and experienced some craziness of my own in the form of marathon “nightmares.”

On Sunday, I got to experience some other (unfortunate) signs of the taper during my 15 mile run when I diagnosed myself with at least 3 different running-related injuries.  Isn’t tapering fun?


To follow up on my list of signs you may be training for a marathon, I’ve put together a list of signs you may be tapering for a marathon.

So yea, this is my life right now…

youve got the crazies


Someone PLEASE tell me they can relate!

OR- are you one of those lucky ones who actually enjoy the taper and don’t turn into a walking loony toon the weeks leading up to a race? 


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the “taper crazies” begin…

Ohhhh the taper crazies.  Anyone who has ever tapered before a big race knows exactly what I’m talking about here.

In 2011, the night before the NYC Marathon, I convinced myself that I had shin splints (even though this is an injury that I have never had before).  I was so convinced that I got down on the ground and stretched my shins, right in the middle of a busy Central Park.  As I was freaking out and laying on the ground, hoards of runners and their friends/family walked around me to get a peak at the finish line.

pre marathon 2011

Well, I’m barely into my taper this year and I’m already experiencing some crazy.

coo coo cachoo

Last night, I dreamt that the Chicago Marathon voided all times for runners who didn’t keep at least a 9:36 pace for the marathon.  And yes, my dream was specific with the 9:36 pace.  And yes, I woke up in a panic.

Damn you, crazies.  Leave me in peace for the next 16 days, will ya?


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