So I think I’ve found the key to having a good taper… VACATION!

Okay, okay so I know that’s not exactly the most logical strategy for every taper but this time around that’s just the way things worked out and it was simply lovely.

Now normally when taper week begins, the guilt rushes in pretty quickly about not running as often or as far. At first I was a bit nervous going into taper and away on vacation at the same time but it ended up working out great for so many reasons…

  • Lots of rest. I don’t know about you but when I’m on vacation I seem to sleep a lot more than usual. We’re tired from busy days so it’s easy to fall asleep quick and we also like to try and make time for afternoon naps when we can. All those extra zzz’s are perfect to rest up before a marathon.
These rocking chairs in our room were the perfect spot to sit and relax...

These rocking chairs in our room were the perfect spot to sit and relax…

  • Lots of fresh food. I fully admit to allowing myself fully free reign when it comes to food on vacation, if it looks good, I’ll eat one (or two). This time with my DietBet ending soon, I tried to be a lot healthier and thankfully Hawaii is the perfect place to do that. I had no trouble finding fresh fish, seafood, veggies and fruit but don’t worry, I also made to sure to enjoy some fish tacos and a tropical drink or two!
Westin Moana Surfrider Waikiki Beach

These are seriously the best fish tacos I’ve ever had…

  • Runs can be fun again. I’m not trying to say that training runs aren’t fun but for me, I sometimes find runs in the last few weeks of training can feel like a chore or just make me doubt myself. I love running when I’m away in different places so those runs never feel that way. Having such enjoyable runs in my last week felt so great, no doubt, no chores, just running to explore and enjoy my surroundings.
It was lovely to just put my feet up after our runs and enjoy people watching in front of the hotel...

It was lovely to just put my feet up after our runs and enjoy people watching in front of the hotel…

  • No pressure to run. As much as I love to run while I’m away, I never feel overly pressured to hit the pavement and I think that’s important for me during taper. Rest has always been my biggest influencer during taper and not feeling that pressure to run makes it much easier to listen to your body and rest when you need it. I was planning to run at least a few km each day we were away but Saturday morning my legs just didn’t feel like it, so I didn’t and I didn’t feel guilty. It was the right choice.
These gams needed a rest on Saturday and it didn’t make me feel guilty at all...

These gams needed a rest on Saturday and it didn’t make me feel guilty at all…

  • Time to clear my mind. I tend to be a bit of an over-thinker and that’s part of what drives my typical taper ‘crazies’. It was a huge contrast being away this time because instead of obsessing over my training and how I’m feeling, my mind was busy chilling out and clearing out as we laid on the beach and relaxed.
Does that look a girl with a clear mind or what?

Does that look a girl with a clear mind or what?

So I think I might have spoiled myself by having this vacation coincide with taper week because I’m really enjoying feeling so relaxed and chill leading up to a big race. Now that I’m home I feel rested, relaxed and ready to focus. Getting away for a few days was just what I needed to really let go and clear my mind and I think that’s going to help as I prepare in my last few days before the marathon.

Have you ever vacationed during taper week before?

 

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  1. Heidi    

    I have had a few trips right before some of my races and they were a blessing in disguise. They really made me sit back and relax. btw… I am drooling over those fish tacos! I love Hawaii and can’t wait to go back. Looks like a trip well deserved and enjoyed!

    1. slowfastnik    

      It’s so natural to let go and relax on holiday but when you tell yourself to do it during taper, it just doesn’t seem to come as easily. I’m bad for worrying too much before a race so this was perfect for me. And yes, the fish tacos were so drool-worthy! They had pineapple in them and this spicy aioli…I’m getting hungry just thinking about them!

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