Taper-ish Limbo and Oktoberfest

24 Oct

I’ve started referring to my current running state as a “taper-ish limbo,” since I’ve already tapered for one marathon and now I guess I’m “maintaining” until NYCM.  Anyhow, Pfitzinger only offers a “4 weeks between marathons” training program and says something like, “if you’re planning to do less than 4 weeks between, I’d say you need to recover from your lobotomy first.”  (I’m paraphrasing, as I do not have my copy of Advanced Marathoning here at work.)

ANYHOW… so I guess I’m doing a modified version of Pfitzinger’s 4 weeks between program.  Last week looked like this:

Mon– rest day

Tues– class (6 miles, including speedwork)

Weds– rest day

Thurs– rest day

Fri– 5 miles

Sat– 4.5ish miles (Garmin was being wonky)

Sun– 8 miles

Total: 23.5 miles

So, not a huge amount of running last week, which was an interesting change from what I’ve been doing for the past many months.  Thurs night, T and I went to Osteria Morini for his birthday.  It was AMAZING.  We started with Prosciutto, Salami, and Bresaola with bread, then we split 2 little pasta dishes– the Creste (seafood pasta) and the Mezzaluna (squash- filled pasta.)  Then, we split the Branzino entree and some relatively forgettable desserts.  Oh, and we had 2 bottles of wine, which could possibly have been a contribution to the fact that the desserts were forgettable. 😉

Then, we went to Whiskey Tavern and met up with a few of our friends and played Jenga.  Turns out, I am GREAT at Jenga, even when a bit tipsy. 😉

For some reason, I ALWAYS wear the coozies as gloves when at Whiskey Tavern...

Saturday, I went for a quick run and then met my NYC besties for brunch at the Tipsy Parson.  Afterwards, we hung out on the Highline and then we ventured over to 11th Avenue where Cookie’s boyfriend was allegedly going to a haunted house and we were going to say hi… but it turns out, it was a cover for a birthday surprise they had had in the works for me for MONTHS!  An Oktoberfest!  T met us there and we all had a blast.  It was the perfect birthday surprise– 200 beers for this beer-lovin’ gal!

If you do not know what T's cookie stands for, please do not ask and just assume you are better off...

the lovely ladies responsible for this awesome surprise... and T, lurking in the background. Haha.

This week is a busy one, but should be fun… as it culminates in a dinner at my favorite NYC restaurant, The Spotted Pig, for my birthday!  Last year when I went there for my birthday, we sat next to GOB Bluth, er, Will Arnett, so that was cool.  Also, the food is DELICIOUS.  Running-wise, my week will include a 6-miler, an 8-miler, another 8-miler, a 5-miler, and an 11-miler.  Bring it!

7 Responses to “Taper-ish Limbo and Oktoberfest”

  1. runningseal October 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Yes taper-ish limbo describes it exactly! I feel like I can’t really talk as if I am tapering because honestly it has been some time since I was actually “training.” And you need to train to be able to taper. Only two weeks to go 🙂

    • Katie October 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

      Let’s write to Pfitzinger and tell him to include a “taper-ish limbo” section in his new version of Advanced Marathoning. 🙂 Sounds very official.

  2. thethinksicanthink October 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Spotted Pig, mainly because its always in Us Weekly 🙂 Happy Birthday!

    • Katie October 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

      Haha, I hope I see a celeb there again on Friday, but at least I know the food will be good !

  3. Kelly October 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    fun weekend! I like T’s cookie. hehe. And maybe I”m embarrassed that I know what it means? I’ve never been to the Spotted Pig either – maybe Meggie and I should accompany you one of these days? 🙂 Have a great time and happy B-day! Hooray for taper!

    • Katie October 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

      Haha, T is a classy fella. Glad you like his style. 😉 I’m always down for a trip to the SP, so count me in!!! Post marathon celebration?? 😉 Less than 2 weeeeeekssss!

  4. Lori October 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Happy early birthday, Baber. I’m waiting to take you out to celebrate 2 marathons and one birthday as soon as you complete your 11th marathon a week from SUNDAY.

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