Thursday, July 19, 2012

That's It. I'm Done. Time for my Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Taper

Ran over to the River Park Track (aka North Park University Track) this morning, to relish in the cool temps with a little speed work.
Preparing to run a "Magic Mile" at the track
It turns out it was a tad on the humid side, but that's okay, I need to train in a little bit of uncomfortable weather for Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. Now that I'm back from my run, I have decided on ending my running streak at 54 consecutive days. It just feels like I need a break after (intentionally) punishing my legs for almost two months straight. I have only run 35 miles this week, but I don't want to run another half marathon again (like I did in March) coming off of a high mileage week. So my taper plan for the next three days is:
  • Friday (swim, stationary bike) pick up race packet
  • Saturday (stationary bike)
  • Sunday (race!)
Stay tuned for my race pace plans, which will most likely all go out the window based on the actual temps/humidity and sunshine on Sunday morning. The forecast (at this moment) for 7am on Sunday is 76 degrees with 66% humidity.

On a side note, I saw a bird in Chicago that was yellow!  Usually all I see are pigeons, sparrows, robins, sea gulls and grackles:  Any ideas what kind of bird this is?


7 comments:

  1. You are so wise. I am going to do a 20 mile trail run, and then spend all weekend drinking and eating fair food at a country music festival. I am doing an experiment to see if multiple wrongs can make a right.

    Spoiler: Probably won't end well.

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    1. Wow, a 20 miler followed by elephant ears, deep fried Twinkies, cans of Bud Light, two-stepping and then a half marathon? I think you can make it work! Now, I am reconsidering my taper schedule. Maybe I will do a 20 miler followed by hanging out at our neighborhood beer festival then the half! A much better plan. :-)

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  2. Have a fun race on Sunday! I love hearing about that race each year.

    I think that is a gold finch.

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    1. Thanks, I had a blast at the RnR Half race last year. It was a great course through downtown and temps were in the 60s. Since we all know it will be hotter this year, I am at least hoping for rain or an occasional cool breeze off the lake. Thanks for the id on the gold finch. I don't know why we hardly see any colorful birds like that in the city. I think the pigeons and seagulls gang up on them or something.

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  3. Good luck Sunday! I'll also be out there enjoying the humid hot conditions. Still holding out hope for a freak cold front to pass through!

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    1. Thanks. Good luck to you too! A cold front would be nice, but in lieu of that, how about at least a slight cool lake breeze or a nice morning two hour long rain shower starting shortly after 6:30am?

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  4. Ah yes. That does sound good.

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