This week has been my taper week. By taper, I mean that I’ve reduced my physical activity to what seems to be nothing. I’ve walked, and bounced, and I’ve stretched, and stretched some more. But I have not run.
I’ve wanted to.
Oh how I’ve wanted to.
Especially with the weather we’ve had.
And seeing other people out running.
Good lord how I’ve wanted to run.
But I’ve refrained.
The theory behind tapering is this: if I am to rest my body for the week before the marathon, then I should perform my best the day of; my legs will be rested and strong, my mind will be clear, and I will be focused on running my very best.
Sadly, the tapering hasn’t made me feel strong, my mind still has doubts about running 42.2km, and I’m worried that my body is going to punch itself in the IT band or perhaps the knee caps. To make things even better – and by better I clearly mean worse – not exercising like I normally do makes me feel so freaking lazy and gross. And given the fat kid/teen/adult that lives inside me, I’d venture fat as well. However, I won’t actually say fat as I’m afraid that if I were to vocalize that word, my mother might think I have an eating disorder.
Note to my mom, part I: I do not have an eating disorder. I am strong like an ox. Okay, fine – a skinny ox that has the upper body of a 12-year-old boy. But strong nonetheless.
Note to my mom, part II: Okay, okay. I’m going to eat some granola and raspberries right now, just to make you happy. Satisfied?
Where was I?
Right. Tapering. Marathons. Etcetera, etcetera.
Anyway, the point of all of this is that I’ve been feeling gross and lazy and dealing with doubts about Sunday’s marathon. Then I got home and saw a YouTube video (that I’ve embedded below). After watching it, all of my doubts and such were kicked to the curb. This video is truly inspirational, and I dare you not to be impressed. I know that I’m going to remember this when I’m running. In fact, during those times when I need an extra boost I’m not just going to yell out loud suck it up princess, I’m going to remember the man in this video while I yell out loud suck it up princess.
All I know is that whatever it takes, I’m going to crush the marathon on Sunday. And I’m going to do it with a smile on my face.
I’ve got this.