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Embracing the Taper

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This week officially marked the beginning of my taper for Baystate Marathon.

Most people fight it but I’m embracing the taper with open arms.

Two weeks ago, I hit my all time high weekly mileage – 54 miles. Never, ever did I think I could handle that amount of miles. I also never, ever thought I could get 10-12 miles in before most people’s alarms are going off to start the day. But I did. You make it work when it comes to marathon training!

Last week, threw my training off. The surprise Achilles pain and subsequent rest days meant I sort of started to taper a week early. If I would have run all my planned runs, I would have had over 200 miles for the month. Another milestone. My competitive self is a little bit mad about that. But my sensible self is happy just to be running. My Achilles got it’s extra TLC, it’s feeling OK and I’ve picked up where I was in my original marathon training plan.

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I saw this sign heading into my massage appointment yesterday. Isn’t that the truth?

This week I’m cutting my mileage by 20%. Most of my runs will be at easy pace with a few miles at marathon pace. There’s no need to push the limits right now. All of my fitness gains have been made. I also won’t lose any fitness in 3 weeks of tapering.

According to Runner’s World, “levels of muscle glycogen, enzymes, antioxidants, and hormones–all depleted by high mileage–return to optimal ranges during a taper. The muscle damage that occurs during sustained training is also repaired. And if that isn’t enough, immune function and muscle strength improve, as well, which reduces the odds you’ll catch a cold or get injured just before the race. And get this: The average performance improvement by the subjects who tapered in these studies was 3 percent. That works out to 5 to 10 minutes in a marathon.”

That’s a good enough reason for me to taper!

There is another 5K that’s a part of the Dover Road Race Series this weekend. I was tempted to do it after learning that I was in 9th place in the overall women’s standings. That was my competitive self thinking. My sensible self spoke up louder.

4 races in the past 4 weeks = not good for Ang’s already injury prone body.

So I’m sitting out this 5K and instead following my plan like a good girl. I just have to remember what my focus is.

The marathon.

And blowing away my previous time.

I’m sure I’ll have oodles of phantom pains and twinges in the next 18 days.

All I can say is, bring it on! I’m ready for it!

What do you do to tame the taper crazies?

EnduroPacks Review {Giveaway}

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Disclosure: EnduroPacks provided me with a month supply of their product for free for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

I’ve never been a supplement person. I always thought that it you eat right, you are getting all the nutrients you need. If you started adding supplements, it just gave you expensive pee.

I remember reading reviews about EnduroPacks from a couple other bloggers (Tina – an elite runner and John – a Ironman/Triathlete). They raved about what it did for their recovery time. But then I forgot about it because I’m not an elite runner or training my ass off with 3 sports.

But then EnduroPacks reached out to me to try their nutrition supplement package to aid in recovery. As I read Jason’s (EnduroPacks guy) email, I had an ice pack wrapped on my left knee and another on my right ankle. Every morning I was waking up feeling like I was at least 90 years old. Everything ached after every workout.

Marathon training was kicking my butt and I wasn’t even in the thick of it!

So I thought, why not give it a try? Obviously I needed a little help in recovery.

I will admit that I went in 100% skeptical. I thought it was just another gimmick of something you absolutely had to have to perform better.

According to EnduroPacks website they created this product of “daily pre, during, and post workout system, to help endurance athletes replace the essential vitamins and minerals the body needs to help maintain immune system health, improve hydration, and promote muscle recovery, in one convenient pack, all for less than of buying each of these products individually.”

The EnduroPacks include:

  • A pre-workout liquid multivitamin to maintain proper health
  • A concentrated electrolyte spray for your water bottle, used during workouts (I mostly used it after) to replace the nutrients lost during exercise
  • A post-workout essential amino acid patch that you wear on your stomach or arm to aid muscle recovery
  • Post-workout L-Glutamine workout recovery tablets to reduce muscle soreness

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The products are gluten-free, non-GMO, vegetarian, organic and made in the US.

The EnduroPacks system that includes all 4 products, is $69.90 + $6.30 shipping/month.

So after 30 days, did I notice a difference in my recovery?

If you read my post on Monday, I think you can see the difference.

Running 21.6 miles on Saturday followed by a 5K race that wasn’t too far off from a PR for me?

Yes. I think it has made a world of difference!

After about 2 weeks of taking the regime of products, I remarked to Ron that I was feeling really good, especially in the morning. The aches disappeared. You could say that my body just adapted to the training. But I think EduroPacks helped quite a bit too.

I still feel soreness. For instance, after Reach the Beach, I compared the soreness to worse than running a marathon. The DOMS lasted 2 days. By Tuesday I was back to running. I even did a 10 mile tempo run with little difficulty. I’d say that was a quick recovery!

I plan to continue to use EnduroPacks while I am in marathon training. I need all the help I can get as I am wrapping up the Baystate Marathon training cycle and continuing on with Honolulu Marathon training.

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