Oh, exhaustion.

I don’t know why, but for some reason I thought I’d enter my first week of taper with tons of energy, ready to tackle each of our remaining runs with happy running legs.

Um, notsomuch. 

At least not this week. I am just exhausted. 
…I guess my body finally caught up with all 40 miles we put in last week, huh? 

Reminder: I am not invincible.

So this week has been a huge one for me in terms of truly and honestly listening to my body. I’m teaching a lot this week which I love — but it’s been adding to the exhaustion factor a bit. I suppose starting a new job can also lead to the exhaustion factor too, hmm? (a new job that’s going *really* well in case you’re wondering 😉 )

My plan for the remainder of the week is this: 

Teach my beloved 9am class today; get ready as fast as I can to hit the road into the office after class. Rock it out at the office (heh). Commute home. Put my game face on and get the 7 miles in that I didn’t get in this morning.
…but be ok with things if those 7 miles don’t happen for whatever reason tonight. Listening to my body.

Teach tomorrow at 6am and 5:30pm and work my bum off in between at the home office. Focus on lots of fueling foods, good hydration and be ready to carb up (yay pizza!) tomorrow night in preparation for Saturday’s long run.

Saturday: long run day (whee! yes I still get excited about these, who knew?!). We’re aiming for 15 miles. And I kind of love that 15 miles doesn’t feel quite so daunting anymore. (especially when I know I taper even more the week after this!). 

Oh, exhaustion? I feel ya, I do. But guess what? I’m not gonna let you do me in this week. Nope. I allowed it this morning. I finally got a restful night’s sleep after two back-to-back nights of tossing and turning and restlessness. Today? After a glorious NINE hours of sleep (yes NINE), I am back on my game. I feel ‘me’ again and that’s what matters.

Because guess what? In 17 (!) days: I’m gonna be a marathoner. Why yes I am. 😉

25 thoughts on “Oh, exhaustion.

  1. I bet that aside from all that crazy running, the new job is having more of an impact than you realize (even though it’s going well…and yay for that!). New jobs just cause a higher sense of intensity for a while, and that isn’t a bad thing… I’m sure you are exactly on track for your race and your taper and your resting!
    Taper Away!

    • I think you’re right. And I’m too darn stubborn to admit that…at least until someone else tells me so, someone like YOU. ha, so thank you for that. I need to cut myself some slack…something I’ve NEVER been good at!!

    • That’s the thing — I SO want to go harder than I need to/should be during taper. Thankfully I have smart running friends like you (and Meghan who saved me from myself this morning lol) to remind me to take it easy during this time. 16 days!!

  2. Lots of changes and miles can lead to exhaustion, but least it is Thursday meaning the weekend is so close!

    Glad to read that you can still work from home from time to time–that is def a perk of a job!

    Hope you enjoy those PM miles 🙂

    • Yes, lots of change can be exhilarating but exhausting too. I’m feeling a bit of both right now. 🙂 Soon enough it’ll feel natural and it’ll become my ‘new normal’ but right now its a lot of new!

      As for those PM miles…welp, they didn’t happen. And I didn’t make them up today. I’m trying to say ‘go me’ when really I want to call myself a slacker for it. Which I KNOW is just silliness.

  3. I hear ya on the exhaustion! I know this isn’t the same, but the idea behind getting your body accustomed to change with marathon training feels a lot like my body learning to get up at 4:45am during the week with our new work/school schedules. Yikes, it has taken some time to get there, but I think I’m finally getting used to it. Granted, I want to do a “faceplant” into bed every night by 8pm, but at least I’m not a zombie at 6pm anymore.

    You are amazing and you are seriously going to kick some butt in 17 days!!!

    P.S. I’m so happy your new work schedule and job are working out! I hope you have an incredible weekend and good luck tomorrow! Enjoy some pizza!

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