Race Day (plus taper week workout recap)



Race day!

I took it easy this week by following my taper week plan from last year’s Long Island half marathon. With extremely limited Pure Barre, only one real workout and the rest of the miles easy, I feel rested and ready to run today.

It’s a shame that this week fell at the same time that I was given access to start beta testing Pure Barre’s online workouts. Ugh! Remember I told you about that awesome opportunity?! I didn’t want to overdo anything so I only scrolled through to look. This week I plan to start trying the workouts!

The only thing I did a little bit different from my usual taper week is that I took my rest day on Thursday rather than the day before the race.

I was feeling super tired all day Wednesday so I knew that Thursday needed to be a rest day. If I felt any further fatigue Friday or Saturday, I would just add another rest day at that point. Normally I prefer to rest the day before a race (or even two days before) but this time, three days before was necessary.

So 10 miles today isn’t quite a half marathon but I took my hydration and fueling seriously over the last few days. I slowly decreased vegetables, increased water and watermelon, salted my food (sushi with lots of soy sauce helped 😉 ) AND had my favorite pre-race dinner of pizza last night.

Both the Sicilian pizza and grandma pizza looked good to me so instead of choosing, I just got one of both.


I will try to update Instagram later today after the race and will hopefully have a race recap up on Tuesday!

Monday – 5 Miles/Pure Barre

It was a light drizzly rain out there but I didn’t mind as I had my hood on and was prepared. I actually got mentally lost in this run so the miles ticked by really quick. I came home for Pure Barre Tone in 10, Arms & Abs.

Tuesday – 7 Miles

On the schedule for today was 7 miles with 4 miles at goal pace. I wasn’t so sure I was up for holding 4 miles between 7:50 – 8:00 so Laura told me to do 2 x 2 miles instead (with a little recovery in between the 2 sets). This workout was in my taper plan from last year as part of my half marathon training plan. Since I didn’t train for today’s 10 mile race, 4 miles at race pace sounded a little scary. But I did okay!


I’m not sure what my recovery window was after the first set of 2 miles but I don’t think it was more than a quarter-mile? I don’t know. I didn’t time or measure it.

Wednesday  – 4 Miles

My legs were definitely tired today but 4 easy miles felt nice.

Thursday – Rest Day

I was way tired yesterday which is why I chose to take today off even though my “plan” said to take Friday or Saturday off before the race.

Friday – 4 Easy Miles

Nothing special to report here, just 4 easy miles.

Saturday – 3 Easy Miles

It’s always weird when I don’t run long on a Saturday morning. I ran 3 miles easy (finished at exactly 30 minutes!) and then tried to lounge around like normal people do on a Saturday morning.

henri bendel mug

Sunday – Race Day

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Which day of the week is usually your long run day?

Favorite pre-race dinner?

Best thing you ate so far this weekend?

Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

6 thoughts on “Race Day (plus taper week workout recap)”

  1. I love spaghetti for a pre race dinner. I think I had pizza once before race day. I’m glad that you were so intuitive about resting. 🙂 I’m not as good at that as I need to be, but I think I’ve gotten better at it?

  2. My long runs are usually on Sunday, because I typically tend to do a group run on those days and that seems to be when everyone can meet up.

    My fav pre-race dinner is usually chicken and a baked sweet potato. It has to be something simple or my tummy goes nuts. Although, before my PR I had a turkey burger and truffle fries 🙂

    Best thing I ate this weekend was bbq’d chicken burgers and the best ever watermelon!

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