I’m in the middle of the taper (less mileage before the race) and find myself having trouble sleeping. Until this week I’ve run extensive miles every day and it seems my body can’t get used to the short five mile romps around the neighborhood. At the end of these runs it’s like I’m just getting warmed up. Interesting to say the least. Sleep deprivation isn’t fun but at least there’s solidarity among us marathoners. Saw a t-shirt the other day that read: “Leave Me Alone, I’m Tapering.”

Ten days to race day. Eating well, resting when I can and trying to remain calm.