Top 10 Things to Do When You Are (Re)Tapering for a Marathon
1. Re-pack your race bag. In my case, I'm now running in Georgia instead of Cape Cod. It will likely be 50 degrees, sunny & a bit humid, instead of 30 degrees and rainy. Lots to think about there.
2. Pick up a book about running or anything else that you might be interested in learning more about. I happen to be diving into two books this week - "The Youth and Running Encyclopedia" by Mick Grant and John Movar and "Running the Rift" by Naomi Benaron.
3. Focus on your other jobs and/or hobbies. I have ample time to hang with my girls this week as well as time to work on my spring track schedule for my girls' high school team - two things I've been meaning to spend more time on.
4. Go see live music. It might take your mind completely off of running for a few hours - music, in general, can be such a solid distraction. Me? I'll be seeing the Eels tonight at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Only 11 hours until they go on.
5. Take a nap. How often do you get to do THIS? Personally, it happens very rarely. 30 minutes. Such a treat.
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6. Grab a coffee and/or take a walk with a friend you haven't caught up with in a while. I did both with my neighbor yesterday. It was lovely.
7. Clean out your closets or your kids' closets. Huge pain in the ass. But, incredibly rewarding when it's done.
8. Make one of the walls in your kitchen a chalkboard using contact paper (see right). Ok, this one is a little specific and a bit random, but you would not believe how much time this took me yesterday. There was a lot of cursing and I might have broken a sweat, but in the end it looks AWESOME and the girls love it.
9. Carbo-load. Again. Not that fun, but you can try and make it interesting by loading up with different foods and meals than you used last week. Yes, I'm reaching here.
10. Relax. Embrace the time. Remind yourself that if you were ready last week, you're going to be ready this week. It's all good.
And I have 2 more days to fill, so feel free to share your ideas at this point. Please?
Listen to this:
So Lucky - Dana Buoy