Training Week 10: Ready, Set, Taper

Here marks the end of the peak training phase... and the beginning of taper!

{Cue the Chariots of Fire theme song.}

I am so ready to take the next two weeks easy-ish! Tapering is a strange balance between resting but not taking it too easy so that my legs get sloppy. Personally, I struggle to find that balance. Last time, I under-rested and paid for it. This time I hope to taper "better".

The weekend's long run was like a DTR (determine the relationship) workout for my marathon goal pace: 2-mile warm up, 10 miles at marathon pace, and 2-mile cool down.

I was nervous about maintaining a 7:30-8:00/mile pace for 10 miles but it went really well. The relationship is determined indeed and my marathon pace goal feels realistic.

Now to make myself run smart and on-pace come race day!

We made a few excellent finds at the thrift store this week, two of them being Spiderman and Captain America suits! Costumes have been a hit for the kids lately. I think it would be hilarious to race in a costume someday but this Captain America one is a bit too snug to run down the street in :s

Mr. 3-Year-Old has all the right moves to be a superhero (notice his flexing in the picture below)! He is learning to memorize scripture now and when he recites James 1:19 it melts my heart: "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."

The kids are growing up so fast, which is wonderful and scary at the same time. Time, please slow down just a tiny bit!

P.S. If you haven't already, run on over to my prAna outfit giveaway and enter to win. I would love for you to win a Ravena Top and pair of Kara Jeans. I love mine!

What is your favorite OR least favorite training workout?
Have you ran a race in a costume before?

Wild Hog Marathon Training Week 10:

Monday, September 5


Tuesday, September 6

Easy-Effort: 8.26 mi, 01:15 @ 09:03 pace.

Wednesday, September 7

Speedwork: 6.03 mi, 00:47 @ 07:50 avg pace. 6 x 800m @ 7:13, :11, 6:47, 6:59, 7:08, 6:55/mile pace with 2:00 min recovery jog between intervals.
Strength: 6 x 1:00 planks, leg raises and bridges.

Thursday, September 8

Off. The kids and I spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's house and I got a filling replaced. Part of it broke off while I was singing bedtime songs on Sunday night. Who knew "Be Thou My Vision" could be so intense?!

Friday, September 9

Tempo with double stroller: 9.06 mi, 01:13 @ 08:05 pace. 2 x 4 miles @ 7:58, 8:01/mile with .5 mile recovery jog between intervals.

I did stop my watch about four times per the 3 yr old's request... graham crackers, sweater, more snacks, no sweater. Reminded me of the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" book :) Both kids took short naps during the run and it was wonderful!

Saturday, September 10

Easy-Effort with double stroller: 4.4 mi, 00:42 @ 09:36 pace.

The littlest and I went out for a run before supper. The stroller pushes like a dream with 30 less lbs! Big brother helped daddy grill supper while we were gone 😁.

Sunday, September 11

Long Run: 14.01 mi, 01:52 @ 07:59 pace. WU, 10 miles @ 7:46/mile, CD.

Total Mileage: 41.76 miles

Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.


  1. I am once again doing a race near Halloween and a lot of people including myself dressed up last year. I still have not decided on a costume yet.
    Enjoy the taper an good luck in your race

  2. I hope you enjoy your taper! You've earned it. (I find it hard to do.) 10 miles at 7:46 is very impressive. I've never worn a costume at a race -- just a sparkly skirt. My kids loved dressing up when they were little. Halloween was a big event for them. Thanks for linking, Amy!

  3. Enjoy the taper, and of course dress up time with the boys! All of my children enjoyed costumes and even today Halloween is a blast. My youngest is total Spider-Man crazy right now!
    Hope everything falls into place on race day for you. You've put in a lot of hard work and have trained smart, and I just now it will all pay off!


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