Many people talk about taper madness, a time during which runners anticipate their marathon with phantom injury pangs and thoughts of "What? I can't run 26.2 miles!" How do I get around taper madness? Distractions! Doing activities that I enjoy to take the place of running during taper time keeps my mind off of all the crazy thoughts I could be thinking of. Before I started nursing school, I took a cake decorating class at Joann Fabrics, and I learned a couple different basic techniques. I would bake cakes and then take them to work since I'm the only one at home who can eat the cake. When nursing school started, I was INSANELY busy and therefore cut back on my baking. In the past few weeks, people at work started talking about "the cakes Susan used to make," so I figured it was about time to make a new one. I like to go all out, so it was time to experiment! Here's the result:
Banana layer! It tastes just like banana...so good.
Annnnnd decorated! From the top!
My last run before the marathon was today. I'll do a two mile run on Friday, but that's not really anything substantial. If the forecast stays the same for Saturday, then the weather will be much like today. 50-ish, partly cloudy...hopefully with a little less wind today! I wore shorts and a tank top, and I was cool but comfortable. I've done most of my training for this marathon in cold temperatures, so the race day apparel is still a little up in the air. Probably shorts with a tank top and a long sleeve shirt to start.
Tuesday, April 28
4.14 miles in 31:21, avg pace of 7:35
Maybe a tad on the fast side, but I really had to go to the bathroom at the end! I think I'll survive. I kind of have a sore throat that started yesterday...nothing major, but I hope it doesn't turn into anything. I'm drinking tea with honey, gargling with warm salt water (yum!), and sucking on throat lozenges...hopefully knocking out this sore throat soon. No getting sick now! I'll rest up a little more while watching the Biggest Loser tonight!
Let me know if you need a cake...I'd love to make you one! :)