Is A Taper Week A Thank You Week?

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 24, 2009

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This week has been a crazy week so far. Last night at 8pm, I was so tired that I contemplated going to bed. That is so unlike me! I am always such a night owl and never go to bed before midnight.

I had a few things left to do for work, but I decided to just get a good night’s rest and tackle it this morning.

A rested worker is a productive & happy worker.

Yummy stuff:


New labeling for the 7465 time (finally happy with it now):


Then organizing said labeling:



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Then some work on the online shopping cart. We’re so close. So so so close. :D

Experimenting in the kitchen…


Meet RUN Glo Bar (failed attempts = 3, got it on the 4th trial). Eric happily ate failed attempts.


Run is a mini Glo Bar created specifically for pre-workout use. I was careful not to include a lot of protein and fibre in these bars, so they won’t upset your stomach before a run or a workout. They are also mini sized (120 calories) so they won’t weigh you down. They have a bunch of ingredients that many of us like to eat for pre-workout snacks: Oats, peanut butter, almonds, dates, etc.

The best thing about these bars is that they are enhanced with energizing raw Maca powder to give you some kick to your step.


A Taper Week Is A Thank You Week?!


Last week’s training was harder to recover from than I thought!

I ran (almost) half marathon distance and two 10ks. As a result, I think my legs have be holding up protest signs at the first thought of a run this week.

I have had no desire to run this week. Which is quite strange!

As a result, I have not run one mile all week (although I did squeeze in some good X-training). Here I was thinking that it was going to be difficult to reduce my mileage so much- ha!

I started to examine reasons why I might not want to run:

  • It has been raining most of the week
  • I worked 4 consecutive 12-13 hour days in the bakery
  • It has been extremely hot and humid
  • I have felt a bit run down
  • It is my taper week (reducing mileage before my half)

While any of these explanations are plausible, I really just think that my body was plain old tired from my training leading up to this race.

I have been running more than I have ever run in my life. I need to remember that long distance running does not come natural to me and to be honest, my body is probably still in a state of shock that I am going to be running 13.1 miles on Sunday.

Growing up, I did only short-distance sprints. I was a sprinter, not a long distance runner. I think that is partly why I find training for races so exhilarating because I never thought I could do longer distances and here I am doing something I never thought I could do.

After some thinking, it occurred to me:


A Taper Week is essentially a Thank-You week!


After all of this difficult training, tapering before the race is like giving your body a pat on the back and saying thank you.

Dear Body,

You have done as much as you could and I am proud of that. Now let’s just enjoy the ride!

Here I was worrying that I wasn’t getting in any mileage this week, and then I realized that it really doesn’t matter whether I run 9 miles of whether I run 0 miles this week. 

I am prepared.

If my body needs the rest off running then I will honour that!

Before I started training for races, I didn’t even know what a taper week was. Had it not been for learning about running, I probably would not have learned how to listen to my body and to give it proper rest. When I was simply doing cardio 5-7 days a week at the gym, it never would have occurred to me to give my body a ‘thank you’ week.

I think many of us have the notion in our heads that if we aren’t ‘training’ for something then we don’t ‘deserve’ a rest. But why do we have to be training to give ourselves a well-deserved break from it all?

I think we all deserve a thank you week now and then regardless of what we are doing. Whether that be a week off from the gym or a week of simply light, outdoor walking, I think we all deserve to say thank you to our bodies for all the hard work they do.

Would you consider planning in a ‘thank you’ week into your routine to give yourself a rest or a week of reduced exercise?


Exciting News…


I had an interview with Fitness magazine today. They contacted me about one of my hot topic posts and asked to interview me for the magazine. Crazy, huh?! Any guesses as to which hot topic it is about? Clue: It was written in the month of August and is about exercise. The article should be published in the Spring of 2010. Details to follow.

Also, thank you for your input regarding the cutlery debate! Eric and I compromised. We decided to open just two sets of the cutlery that we can use when we want and to put the rest for ‘special use’. I think it makes perfect sense. ;)


See you tomorrow for Part 3 of A Year Can Change A Lot. I never expected this, but this series has been one of the most fun series I have ever written. I simply can’t wait to start writing tonight. I have so much to say. The story gets more positive, I promise!! ;)


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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

[email protected] September 24, 2009 at 8:06 pm

I love giving my body a week or even two off after intense training. Hehe I took a year off of running after my last marathon! You have to do whatever works for you physically and mentally!


Lauren September 24, 2009 at 8:46 pm

You not only should enjoy this taper week, you totally deserve it!!! Angie, you’ve been working so hard and your body has been pushing itself. On one hand, GOOD FOR YOU, this is totally awesome! But on the other, it’s only natural that your body is demanding rest.

Take care sweetheart and GOOD LUCK this weekend! I have all of the faith in the world in you! :)


Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 24, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I didn’t realize that protein can upset the stomach before eating. I’m new to running!


Sarah September 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm

I try to do a ‘thank you’ week every 12-16 weeks, where I take the week off from more ‘formal’ workouts and just take a few walks and maybe add in some light yoga. I have read numerous times that, particularly when you lift weights, this is really important for muscle growth. So I have been doing it ever since! I haven’t, however, ever thought of it as a ‘thank you’ week until now. I think that’s an excellent way to look at it! Before I was always calling it a ‘rest’ week, which I think has some sort of impact on the guilt I sometimes feel when I go a whole week without working out. A thank you week is so much more positive!


maria September 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I am glad you decided to use some of the silverware. You deserve it! :)


Megzz @ Megzz Wins At Life September 24, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I have never won anything!!! Thanks Angela!!! haha :-)


rhodeygirl September 24, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Dangers of overtraining?

Congrats on the article Angela!


Nikki September 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm

So exciting about the magazine interview- Congrats :)
I’m looking forward to hopefully one day trying those mini RUN bars!!


lizzy September 24, 2009 at 10:27 pm

do you have a GLOrious bar yet? if not that would be a cool one…if so, then i’m a step behind haha. i have been reading your blog for a few months now and i have to say it is one of my favorites. :)


Kelly September 24, 2009 at 10:35 pm

The thoughtfulness you put into your Glo Bars is so wonderful. I want to start running just so I can fuel up with your Run bars! :D


Jolene September 24, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Congrats on the fitness magazine interview!!!!!! I subscribe to that mag, so I can’t wait to see you in 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!


nicole September 24, 2009 at 11:09 pm

My HM is this weekend too!!!

I had an awful two weeks of just feeling like BLAH and not wanting to run. I biked a little but I just didn’t have the time nor the want to run.

This week as been awesome for me and my body is repaying me with a faster pace!

We are going to rock our races this weekend!


Julia September 25, 2009 at 12:11 am

Next week is my taper week for my first half marathon…I’m super nervous to taper right and for the half marathon!
Those Run Glo Bars look really good! Will they be available online…I hope so!


Jessica September 25, 2009 at 12:38 am

yay im so happy you got him to use the cutlery! haha! no point in having if you dont use!
mmm that glonola looks awesome and i super want to try the run bar!!! OMG!


Leah @ Simply Fabulous September 25, 2009 at 1:57 am

Are you featuring any other products for your bakery lately? It seems the main focus is on the bars, which is awesome because I am sure they are the most popular amoung most of us! :) I miss the mud pies and breads you used to make! Do you get many orders for those?


Leah @ Simply Fabulous September 25, 2009 at 2:01 am

Oh and btw, after you sort out shipping to the US.. i’m pretty sure you have a best friend in the UK who may want to make an order ;)

My sister ships me bars/coffee etc once in a while so hopefully it won’t be a big deal!


Shannon September 25, 2009 at 6:23 am

That’s really exciting about your interview with Fitness Magazine! So many exciting things happening for you….you’ve earned it!


AP September 25, 2009 at 6:43 am

good luck with the Fitness Magazine! That’s wonderful!


Paige @ Running Around Normal September 25, 2009 at 7:53 am

Those Run bars sound great!

I’ve actually read a lot of articles saying our bodies really do “appreciate” rest weeks. Everyone takes rest days, but every once in a while (every few months) especially when training ultra hard – like you – our bodies could use “rest weeks!”

I’m excited to see your artlce! I’m a subscriber to Fitness magazine. Congrats! That’s so exciting.


leslie September 25, 2009 at 7:58 am

i love the concept of a “thank you” week. i completely agree that it’s necessary not just when training for races, but in general. we work so hard to be strong and active – sometimes we need to let our bodies take a little break. since i’ve improved at listening to my body, i’ve been learning to rest when i need it. i’m finding that every couple months i just need a few consecutive days off, and i always come back feeling even stronger because of it.

congrats on the fitness article! such exciting news!


natalie September 25, 2009 at 8:20 am

I love the mini glo bars! What a great idea. I bet these will be so popular because most people aren’t quite sure what to eat before they exercise and this is a great option! Great Idea on the thank you week…our bodies deserve them!


caitlin September 25, 2009 at 8:56 am

when people email me freaking out about tapers, i always tell them this: this is nothing you can do the last week before a race that will ‘prepare you’. either you are ready or you are not. it’s like cramming for a test in the hallwayw! it’s not going to help. however, resting and having fresh legs can make a huge difference… GOOD LUCK ON YOUR RACE!


Courtney F September 25, 2009 at 9:08 am

Congrats on the interview!!!


Caroline September 25, 2009 at 9:52 am

I love the idea of using a rest week as a thank you week! I’m not tapering for a race but I have been sleeping poorly and have had no desire to run this week. I can really beat myself up about skipping a training run at times, but this is such a positive way of looking at it!


Colleen September 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Awwww, I love this! I guess you can say I’ve given myself a week of taper…but there is no race involved…I’ve just had so much going on with school and work and being a wife that I *GASP* have not exercised since Sunday. But you know what? I need sleep and de-stress time in the evenings so I’m not beating myself up over it. I think sometimes you have to taper your exercise even if you don’t have a race! Thanks for reminding me that it’s okay to give my body a rest!

I just love you Angela!! (in a non-creepy way!) :)


vfuf September 25, 2009 at 5:08 pm

i consider all weeks “thank you weeks” :) i’m comfortable with what i do each week; not too much, not too little. i prefer to have balanced weeks overall than to have one hard week of exercise and one with no exercise.


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