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And it’s time to taper.

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I did about 4.5 miles today, up lots and lots of hills (accidental – not planned at all).  My race in on Saturday, and I intend to take off Thursday and Friday from running.  I may swim or yoga before the race, just to feel loose, but no more running.


Until 13.1, that is.

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When I was a kid, and I had something big going on, my mom would always ask me: Are you nervous or excited?


I think I’m a little bit of both. Nervous and excited.  More excited than anything else.  I look back over the last 10 or so weeks of training, and I’m proud.  Somehow, I pulled it off.  Work, baby, the rest of life.  And I still found time to train.  Sure I missed a run here or there, but more often than not, I completed my weekly goals.  I did all of my long runs.  I did speedwork about once a week, and I cross trained with yoga and swimming.  Heck, I even did sit-ups.  I trained the way I know that I should train to run a decent race.  Sometimes I walked more than was ‘necessary;’ sometimes I tweeted through my workouts.  But I know I committed as much as I realistically could’ve.  I feel good about training.  I can pat myself on the back and say, “You know what, no matter what happens on race day, you did well overall.”  Here’s to hoping it pans out.


On that note, I was flipping through a back issue of Women’s Running and found some interesting running stats:


  • $2,320,000,000 <— Total amount spent on running shoes last year (Amount I spent: $0.  I need new shoes).
  • 6 out of 10 prefer to buy their shoes on the Internet; 1 out of 5 never purchase shoes online (I do a little of both).
  • Favorite color to wear while running: pink, black, purple, blue, green (I don’t have a favorite color to wear while running….).
  • 80% of runners tie their hair up in a ponytail; 7% wear a baseball (I usually do a ponytail through a baseball hat. Booyah!).
  • Favorite race schwag items are: Medals.  T-Shirts.  Goodie Bags.  (I definitely like a pretty piece of bling-bling).


  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 16, 2013, 9:39 pm


  • Jolene ( January 16, 2013, 9:40 pm

    My mom would ask me that too! I was always a little bit of both …

  • January 16, 2013, 9:44 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading about your race. Congratulations on completing your training!
    I don’t have a favorite color to wear when I run either. I hadn’t thought of that! Those goodie bags (when the’re good) are so much fun to go through. It almost feels like a stocking on Christmas morning to me!

  • Cathy @ Showing Up January 16, 2013, 10:14 pm

    I almost think my tapering week was the hardest part of my half-marathon training. I had put in all the miles and just needed to trust my training. I was so ready for it to be race day!

    Good luck to you this weekend!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 16, 2013, 11:07 pm

    I always buy my shoes in a store! That’s crazy!

  • Elise @ Expeditions of Elise January 16, 2013, 11:29 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about your race. Successfully training for any race is an accomplishment in itself. Finding time to consistently run while life goes on around you is HARD. And you manage to do it with a baby around! So impressed.

  • Jen January 17, 2013, 12:52 am

    Best of luck with the race, Caitlin – it’s going to be great…I just know it!

    Ponytail + Baseball Hat = Winning 🙂

  • Lauren January 17, 2013, 12:54 am

    I’m always a little nervous and equally excited before a race. I also think to myself that is how 99% of the other people are so I know I’m never alone. You’ll do great!

  • DadHTP January 17, 2013, 5:49 am

    haha – my feeling at the start of most of my long events was “WTF am I doing here?”.

  • Army Amy* January 17, 2013, 7:20 am

    It’s so soon! Hopefully you are able to enjoy your taper (instead of going taper crazy) and go into the race feeling strong.

    I wear a hat when I run, too. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I only recently discovered that you can wash a baseball hat in the washer with the rest of your clothes. I won’t say how long, but I wore that thing for quite a while without ever washing it. But it’s clean now!*

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats January 17, 2013, 8:38 am

    Thats an insane amount of money on shoes! $70 of it was mine lol Congrats on sticking with the training plan! You will rock the run this weekend.

  • Laura @ RunningJunkie123 January 17, 2013, 8:41 am

    You are going to do great!!

    I used to wear the TIGHTEST pony tail I could manage. Now I wear a cap, but that’s because I have alopecia areata and I’ve lost all my hair. Maybe it’s from those ponytails. haha.

    I just bought new shoes (my 3rd or 4th pair this year!), online, that were purple and black. I’m a walking statistic.

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married) January 17, 2013, 9:12 am

    Good luck – you’ll do great!

  • deva at deva by definition January 17, 2013, 11:23 am

    You are going to do great!

    My favorite race swag is actually a pint glass I got after running a 7k last fall. The race medal from taht race doubles as a bottle opener and is by far the coolest one I have ever gotten.

  • Gillian January 17, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Great work. That is awesome. Get those shoes, never underestimate the power of a new running shoe!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 18, 2013, 7:38 am

    You ROCK! I’m sure you’ll do great on race day 🙂

  • Sophie @ threetimesf January 19, 2013, 5:21 am

    I always tell my students that it’s good to be nervous, because if you weren’t then you obviously don’t care enough!

    Good luck!

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