Weekly Chase: Taper Week!!!

by Melissa on July 16, 2012

Hey guys! It’s Monday, which means two things today:

1. It’s Weekly Chase time!!!

2. I’m 6 days away from my race!!!!!! Ah!!!!

Last week’s goals were:

Goal #1: Stay on schedule with my runs. The plan: 10 miles Tuesday, 3 miles Thursday, & 5 miles Friday. (I have an 8-miler planned Sunday, which starts taper week!!!

Check. Check. And check!!!

Goal #2: Continue to eat clean(er), with less sugar, and no late-night snacking.

This went a million times better than it did last week, and while I wasn’t perfect, no one is. ;)

Goal #3: Go to bed early…er.

This happened 85% of the week. The other percent went to a night where I went to bed early and laid there until 3AM. Wide awake. Then my youngest woke me up. Then I couldn’t sleep. Then I fell asleep. Then she woke me up. Then I found a tick on me. Then I fell asleep…and got woken up at 7:25AM. Not cool, man, not cool. ;)

So overall, I did much better setting the weekly goals to support the bigger goals. This brings me to something I’ve been thinking long and hard about – goals for after my half! Where do I go from there? When do I race again? Etc. So next Monday you can expect that this post will be a little robust. ;)

And just for fun…

How do you like the bangs? :D I got ‘em yesterday…thought I’d spruce up the ‘do a little before such a big weekend. Haha. (And how beautiful is my little girl? Seriously? And speaking of little girls, head to Lisa’s blog and swoon over her brand new baby why don’tcha? :D)

This week’s goals:

Goal #1: Taper!!! Tuesday – 5 miles, Wednesday – 4 miles, & Thursday – 3 miles. Thursday will be a little tricky, and I’m trying to decide whether I want to hit the treadmill before we leave or run when I get to my mom’s place in Chicago. Might be good for me after a 12-hour car ride?

Goal #2: Get my rest. 8 hours every night. I’m going to be heading in at 9:30/10 every night this week so I don’t try getting to sleep that early the night before the race and find myself wired. ;)

Goal #3: Race with heart. I can’t tell you how overwhelmed I feel right now…it’s insane. I’m scared, excited, worried, proud…I don’t want to break records, I don’t want to prove anything to anyone…I just want to race with my heart and keep my eyes open to everything that happens around me. I want to soak it all up and make myself proud.

I know this is a short post, and for a Monday, I’m sure that’s okay…but I’ve got SO much to do this week!!! Make sure you link up and share the love!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Beth July 16, 2012 at 4:52 am

Your hair looks adorable! I love the bangs.

Good luck with your taper and your pre-race week. And a big heap of good luck at your race! :)


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 16, 2012 at 4:57 am

Woo-hoo it’s party week for you! Stay strong, hydrate, eat well, and rest. You’ve got it girl!


MIzFit July 16, 2012 at 5:27 am

I love the bangs.
thats pretty much all Im qualified to do or give advice on here :)


Krysten Siba Bishop @darwinianfail July 16, 2012 at 5:57 am

Yay Taper week! You are going to be amazing on Race Day. Just try to remember all your hard work and the journey and you’ll love every second of it!


Katie @wishandwhimsy July 16, 2012 at 6:42 am

Love your check ins on your goals! Always makes me want to reflect on mine weekly, which is what we should do! Wishing you a great week ahead!


Kierston July 16, 2012 at 6:42 am

So excited for you!!! Enjoy your taper week! (And awesome job with the goals!) :)


Marcia July 16, 2012 at 6:58 am

Love the bangs! Enjoy your taper and race week!


Julie (@ROJRunning) July 16, 2012 at 7:04 am

Oh tappers always drive me nuts! Have a great race. I also got bangs this weekend with my crazy hair change. No seriously, I had 7-8 inches cut off, added bangs and colored it darker. lol. BTW if I found a tick on me that would be the END of any sleeping that night.


ilene July 16, 2012 at 7:05 am

I LOVE the bangs! Just love them. And if you run with heart, you can’t go wrong. I can’t hear how the race went. Enjoy every minute of it! xxxooo


Amanda L. July 16, 2012 at 7:17 am

Great Job with your goals last week! I love the bangs by the way! They look great. Good luck with your Taper Week and with your other goals.


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean July 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

great job on your goals!!!! and good luck with taper week. can’t wait to hear how you rock this race!


Shannon July 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

Bangs look good on you! Tapering is nice, love it. You’ll rock your race! :)


Christy July 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

Ditto on the bangs! That cut suits you perfectly! Your half is so close… very excited for you! My first one was in May so I remember exactly what you are feeling. Take care of yourself and continue to know that you’ve got this in the bag! Thanks once again for hosting The Weekly Chase! I enjoyed meeting everyone last week and visiting their blogs!


Debbie @ Live from La Quinta July 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

Love the bangs!

Enjoy the taper. My favorite part of training :-). Resist the urge to do more. I’d say run when you get to Chicago, it will work nicely to loosen up all those tight traveling muscles.

Drink plenty of fluids through the week too.

Good luck! You trained, you planned, you’ll run strong!


Christine @ Love, Life, Surf July 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

Love your bangs!! So excited for you and your race. You have done great throughout this whole thing and you will do great at the race. To have come this far is a huge accomplishment. I did better with my sleep this week to but still need to do better. I mean, I know that 11:30pm or 11:45pm is better than midnight but still.


Meredith @ DareYouTo July 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

Congrats on your success last week! I agree that it’s much easier to stick to weekly goals than bigger month- or seasonal goals. And if they serve the larger purpose, then it’s all the same :) Setting weekly goals helps keep me focused and engaged.

Good luck tapering this week!


Abby @ BackAtSquareZero July 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

Rememeber to take it easy and trust the taper:) You got this.


Jamie @ couchtoironwoman July 16, 2012 at 11:33 am

Good luck at the race!! Maybe we could meet up?!

It’s not an “A” race for us since it is part of our marathon training schedule but we are so excited to be going and to be going to Chicago!


Molly Ritterbeck July 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

You got this race in the bag – do it like you have done it for years. I am so proud of you for just doing it!


Laura @ Mommy Run Fast July 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

So excited for you!! Do your best to rest up and eat well this week, but like you said, no one’s perfect. You’re gonna have a blast!


Mindy @Road Runner Girl July 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Girl I LOVE the bangs!!!! They look so good on you! And I do agree that your little girl is super cute!!! 6 days!!!!!!!!! I can feel your excitement!!! You’re gonna ROCK! I know I keep saying that but it’s so true!!! Get that rest this week…because if you are like me…most likely the night before the race you won’t sleep well because of the excitement! I love your 3rd goal….that’s what it’s all about!!!


Jobo July 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Totally achievable goals, I love it! One mor for you: hydrate!!! :) yay so excited for you!!


Liz Dawkins July 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

So exciting that its race week! You’ve worked so hard! You’ll do great!


Holly July 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Your bangs look so great! Good luck with all of your goals! I can’t wait to hear how your race went, it’s going to be a great week!


Michelle July 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Good luck with your race! Relax and enjoy, it’s going to be awesome! Love the bangs, and “yes” you’re daughter is adorable!


Brittany @ LessBritt MoreLife July 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Can’t believe race week is here!!!! SO proud of you!!!! You’re gonna do great!!!!! Love you!


Annica @ annicanicole.com July 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Good luck on your first half! It truly is one of the greatest feelings ever once you finish!


Samantha July 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Love the bangs, you look so cute!

I’m sure your week is going as well as planned, you’re going to rock girl!


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