September 29, 2015

Progression run today, I was thinking about the taper.

I have been training for the Chicago Marathon. In the final two weeks they tell you to run hard but take it easy. Sleep well, eat properly and be nice to yourself. You are officially tapering your training. It’s hard to go easy. You want to use all of the great training that you have put in but, like a tiger ready to strike, you are trying to be stealth.

JPD had many tapers that led to successful finishes of the marathon distance. During the taper, he most likely had more time to fill. There were many fall or spring chores that could fill the extra time. Replace the screens with the storm windows could take a whole day. Winterize the back porch with the plastic sheets could take another day. Take it all down in the spring. When you really started to do the math, you quickly realized that Grumpy burned the same amount of calories no matter what phase of training was involved. If JPD wasn’t running, he was working. And if JPD was working on the weekends, his boys were close by unless they came up with a good excuse to be elsewhere. JPD was a marathon man no matter what; we just tried our best to keep up. Jimmy has run his race and it is time for a post-race celebration. See you in a couple weeks Dad!

“When you come to the fork in the road, take it” Stengel or Berra, we loved you Yogi! Favorite song today, I’m Ready performed by George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers.

Take it!

Take it!

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