Tapering and Letting Go

If you haven’t heard the Piano Guys amazing mashup of “Let it Go” and Vivaldi’s “Winter” do yourself a favour and hit the play button above. (Note: it seems to be a little hit or miss if the video works).  It is the only instrumental on my running playlist.  Upon listening to it you might think there are parts of the piece that are too slow for running.  But as it builds so does the drama and so does the energy.  This piece makes me want to fist-pump and take in everything around me at the same time.

Yesterday I did not have my music with me, but this piece of music was in my head.  The words “Let it Go” kept popping into my mind.  I felt a bit lethargic before heading out for a 6k taper run.  I am edgy, a bit agitated.  I am tapering.  But as I ran I suddenly realized that my training is done.  Whatever I do on these last runs will not have any mayor effect on race day.  The hay is in the barn so to speak.  As I ran I could actually feel the stress fall away.  I was slow, but somehow lighter.  The 6k taper run turned into a 9.5 km fun run.  I ran on roads and trails and threw in some strides.  I love training for a goal, but running simply for the sake of running on an unusually warm and sunny October day… I don’t mind that at all.

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11 thoughts on “Tapering and Letting Go

  1. Kyra Paterson

    Hi Kristi! I look forward to seeing how you do in Hamilton! The Road2Hope was my first, second, and only marathon! I decided to stick to halfs until I get faster. I’ll be running the half next weekend, and will look for you in the gym beforehand! Good luck!

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    1. kristi Post author

      Hi Kyra! Good to hear from another Road2Hope runner! Have you got any tips for the course? If I waited until I got faster to try the marathon again it might never happen LOL 🙂
      If they have names on the bibs I will look for you too – there shouldn’t be too many Kyra’s there. I hope you have a great race. I am half excited, half terrified 🙂

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      1. Kyra Paterson

        Hi Kristi! Sure, I can give you a few tips! The biggest one is to be careful on the 8k of downhill… it may be hard to restrain yourself but don’t go too fast… it will be hard on your quads! And then once you’re done the Red Hill, the course goes onto a path for a bit more downhill, but there is one section that is kind of like cobblestones (I know you’ve run that kind of terrain so you’ll be fine)… it’s short but be careful because it’s a pretty steep downhill. And then you get to run the one short steep uphill of the course (your legs will really feel it at that point). And then it’s pretty much flat until the end. The views along Ridge Rd near the beginning of the race are pretty nice. And running along the Waterfront Trail is great. Look out for my husband on the run course playing his trumpet. He takes requests! Here’s my race report from last year’s half: https://kyraonthego.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/race-report-road2hope-12-marathon/ (There are no names on the bibs, unfortunately! I’ll likely be in the gym before the race.)

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        1. kristi Post author

          Thanks for all the good info! Enjoyed your race report too. When I have more time I want to read more of your posts. I looked quickly at your races and it looks like we are very similar runners in terms of times.
          I’ll be in the gym early too. If you have your phone on you I can tweet where I am – it would be fun to meet and wish each other luck!
          I’ll be looking for your husband too!

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    1. kristi Post author

      It is amazing though how you start to feel like you are losing all of your fitness during the taper. Kind of feeling like a slug right now! Might be carb loading a little too much/too early 🙁

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  2. Carl Wright

    Fist pumps! Always admire and love watching The Piano Guys videos. Some are quite hilarious, this one I have not seen before and I love it. What an incredible setting this was filmed at. No doubt the winter parka’s would have been needed.

    I don’t run with music, but I certainly have music with me, as often songs are going through my head as I am running. It is a really cool feeling.

    All the best to you on Sunday. You have trained hard and will be great. Enjoy yourself, and have fun. 🙂

    ~Carl~

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