Calling all runners!


Ran 5 miles, easy pace (10:09 pace).

Hey remember the creepy backyard I showed you guys a little while ago? Here’s the other part of their yard. Yup, those are statues of cowboys and Native Americans.

run creepy yard

Back to my run. When I said “easy pace,” I mean that was what was prescribed by my training schedule. Was it easy? Hell no. My legs are incredibly tired and I felt drained the whole run. It actually made me hate running a little bit. I guess last week took a lot more out of me than I thought.

I have a half marathon on Sunday, so my tapering schedule was supposed to be 5, 4, 3, and 2 miles starting on Monday (all easy effort).

BUT after last nights run and hearing the wise words from the lovely Andrea, I think I’m going to take it easy this week! She told me that at this point in training, I can do a lot more harm than good. She is right.

Today will be a rest day. I’m going to focus on stretching/rolling and I’ll walk with my pup. If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll do 3 miles on Wednesday but I am NOT going to put pressure on myself (please make sure I don’t. k guys?). And that will basically be it for the running until Sunday. I’ll just stretch and roll like it’s my job.

Hey runners, what do you guys think? Should I avoid those runs this week?

How much more does that backyard freak you out?

36 thoughts on “Calling all runners!

  1. Awww…glad to hear that my comment yesterday was helpful! It can seem so counter-intuitive to ease off of running before a race but hopefully your legs will thank you by the weekend. I think stretching and walking is a perfect plan. If you feel up for a short run or two go for it, just make sure it feels right for your body and isn’t just because you are following a plan. Can’t wait to hear how the race goes!

  2. You know your body best! I know people who cramp up if they don’t do at least 20 minutes of shakeout running every day so they wouldn’t miss runs in the taper week but I need full days off if I’m super sore so I definitely would take off to make sure I’m not sore for my race. Just do whatever your body is telling you to do 🙂

  3. I might do a short, easy run tomorrow and then cross train the rest of the week. You know you better than I do though! If you are feeling extra sore then just rest it out until your race. You have trained hard for this and resting isn’t going to undo that for you now. 🙂 (Taper mind games suck though!)

    That backyard just keeps getting creepier and creepier all the time. I want to hang out in it.

    1. Thank you love! You’re right. I think tomorrow will be some yoga?? And then maybe a short shake out run on Thursday? But I’ll listen to my body 🙂

      PAHAHA please let me know if you go playin’ in that backyard. I’ll have to make sure you come out safely.

  4. Take it easy this week, run when you feel like it, walk when you want to. You’ve done all the hard training. You’ll rock it!
    Ahh, yeah that backyard is creepy!

  5. Hahaha that back yard is somethin!

    I feel like whenever I’m logging my “easy” runs, I have to make notes because they feel a heck of a lot harder than my other runs!

    Andrea is spot on, your fitness is there, you aren’t going to wake up in 3-4 days and forgotten how to run! Though I could see met self doing something like that haha.

  6. You’re all trained up, so I think you’ll be totally fine with bare minimum running this week! And that backyard!!! the human statues are exponentially creepier than the animals.

  7. Oh I’m totally going to peer pressure you. Haha!
    I’m not a huge fan of tapering for a half, but Yeah, take it easy if you’re not feeling it. You’re friend is right, at this point there’s not much more you can do.

  8. i don’t generally run a lot the week before a half…i’ll do a 10 the weekend before, then like 2 shorter, easier runs during the week (under 5 miles) and then i sometimes will run just a mile the day before to stretch out the legs a bit. nothing crazy. 🙂 good luck!

  9. absolutely, take it easy! At this point your body is already prepared for your half so the best thing you can do is make sure it feels good. Maybe run a bit if that feels good but stretching and rolling sound like an excellent plan.

  10. Definitely listen to your body! I ran a half on Sunday much harder than I usually run during training, and I’m paying for it. My plan said five miles today and I did three… at a much slower pace than usual! But I’m glad I didn’t push myself to do more than my body could handle. I say rest up so you can kick butt this weekend!

  11. That is a very weird backyard. For sure. Definitely take it easy on yourself. The woman that runs the running club I am in gave some great advice. It takes a week for you to reap the benefits of training. Anything you do this week would not even impact your half. The priority is resting up so you can give it your all for the race!

  12. That yard is super creepy! I don’t know that I could run by it. I vote rest girl, I’m doing it! The last two days of 12 hours shifts plus two more in the next two drain my legs…plus I don’t want to run on Saturday on achy shins!

  13. She’s so right. You can only hurt yourself at this point. I think running a couple days before is a good idea to loosen things up but keep it short and easy. You already know you’ve got the mileage under your belt 🙂 Good luck this weekend!

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