The Taper and Bagels

October 5, 2012

Today’s workout was an easy 7 miles on the good ol treadmill.  I never really know how to taper for a 1/2 marathon… the marathon I usually take the two days off before the race so I usually just take a day off before the 1/2.  I keep all of my runs easy the week of any race but I think I should figure out the taper a little bit better.  At least I have mastered the art of carb loading and I am the best at glycogen storage.

After my run Brooke was hungry and so I turned on the tv while I fed her and the best show ever was on.   I turned it on right before the showcase showdown which is clearly the best part (except if they play plinko that day).  PS Drew got tiny.  

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Fun fact about my family: My dad was ON Price is Right way back when and he won a dishwasher and pottery wheel.   He is pretty much famous.  

Costco bagel and serving bowl salad with bbq chicken.  

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And the only person in the history of my whole life that enjoys my signing and doesn’t ask me to stop (maybe she will once she can talk).  Her very favorite song is ‘You Are My Sunshine’ especially the part where I try really hard to hit the high note but fail miserably.

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By the way, I saw these at TJ’s last week and I haven’t stopped thinking about them since and sometimes I find myself staring at the picture of them that I took on my iPhone. I am taking that as a sign that I need to go get them today.

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Saw this on Pinterest and loved it. 

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Did you/do you ever watch the Price is Right?

-My mom and I used to watch it all of the time when I was little and I still get really excited when it is on. 

Are you good at tapering? How do you taper for a race…

Favorite bagel flavor?

-Cinnamon sugar of course.

Denise October 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Those TJ cupcakes are definetly worth getting….


Amanda N October 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

The picture is making me salivate. I think I need to find a TJ’s…


Denise October 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Its a blessing and a curse I tell you…..I have one about 2 min from my house, I find myself in there at least 4 times a week.


Claire October 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Agreed!! I was happily surprised by how tasty they are!


Losing Lindy October 12, 2012 at 3:34 am I want those cupcakes


Sabrina October 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I watch Price is Right on Monday and Wednesdays because it’s on right when I get home from class.

I am not even good at training for a race. I lack commitment all that jazz.

We are twins — Cinnamon Sugar for sure! Have you tried Cinnamon Crunch from Panera? AMAZE BALLS!


Abby @ Change of Pace October 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Are you racing this weekend?! If so, have fun!
Is Brooke’s hair getting darker?
My favourite kind of bagel is cheddar, lightly toasted, with nothing on it. I don’t like there to be too much cheese in the bagel though. (Picky, hey?!)


Kim October 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Hey Janae! Happy Friday.

FYI, the pizza crust turned out great! My 7 & 9 year old boys gobbled it up.

I loved watching Price is Right. You are right… Drew has gotten tiny.

Favorite bagel flavor… Salt&Pepper.

Have a swell weekend. It has gotten cold here in WA state. A cool 34 degrees on my morning run.


Amanda N October 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I used to watch the Price is Right with my grandmother in the summers when she would watch us. She doesn’t really speak English I think she just knew they were having a good time on the show and she would have a good time watching it haha

Favorite Bagel Flavor: I’m going to be boring here PLAIN. I like my cream cheese flavored and filled with all kinds of goodies. Although I am partial to jalapeno cheddar bagels if I have the option.

Considering I haven’t yet run a race longer than 5K I don’t think I need to worry about tapering. (I think?) Although this week I tried out my first REAL speed workout & I’m still kind of sore and I have to race on Sunday…it’s kinda on a mountain. But I don’t believe it really goes up the mountain. I’m going to do an easy 2 miles today and probably use tomorrow to rest if I am still sore/tight.


kim@hungryhealthygirl October 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I used to love watching Price is Right as a kid. That is so cool your dad was on the show. Those cupcakes look VERY dangerous!!


Nicole October 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Last time I watched PIR was probably the day my son as born…7.5 years ago! We watched it right up until I started pushing. The RNs and us joked that the baby was the showcase showdown prize. The parent closest to guessing baby’s weight (without going over!) was the “winner”. We were clearly dorks!!

Taper in full effect…Chicago marathon on Sunday!!!


Alicia October 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

One of my friends was on price is right today!! He was in the third or fourth row and you can see him behind that lady in the picture. He was yelling at her but she wouldn’t listen. Hahaha


Lauren October 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I used to watch Price Is Right ALL the time when I was younger back when Bob Barker was the man!
Our local bagel place makes the most delicious French toast bagel ever. It is even covered in confectionary sugar when it’s still warm so it gets all gooey.


CatieB October 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love the Price is Right! They have a fake show in Vegas and me and Ryan went. It was so fun!
Man… I love all different bagels… It depends on my mood! Everything is always good. Cinnamon sugar is so good! And cinnamon raisin too! I can’t choose!


Chels R. October 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

GOOD LUCK at your 1/2 mary this weekend!! You are going to do awesome! I can’t wait to hear all about it :-)


Susan Howdy October 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

You should do a post sometime about your favorite things for Trader Joes! I’d love to hear what you like best. I have only been once so my experience at Tj’s is limited.


emma October 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Hi Janae :-) That picture of Brooke is lovely :-) such a beautiful little one. Leo is sleeping beside me soundly……we did it Janae! I remember talking to you on twitter early on in our pregnancies at the point where we had both developed an aversion to broccoli! And now we have our gorgeous babies….what a journey! Like you, I’m an endorphin addict when it comes to exercise and found it hard to go more than a couple of days without a run before I became pregnant. After a month of modified bed rest and now at least 6 weeks of no exercise post C-Section (I’m going just a little bit mad now!), I’m officially living my runs through you! So knock out an extra mile for me sweetie! :-) and know you’re my running idol! x x x


Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride October 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Ahh I got those TJ cupcakes a few months ago and my fiance and I finished the tin in 1.5 days. Cupcakes for breakfast! :)


Brittany @Berries and Barbells October 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I had back surgery when I was 17 and while I was recovering my mom and I The Price is Right together every morning. That was back in Bob Barkers day!

Don’t know about tapering yet. I’m currently 8 days away from my first half marathon so I’ll let you know how it goes.

Favorite bagel by far is sesame wheat!


Sandy (SillyRunner) October 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I used to watch Price is Right all the time as a kid. And the only show taping I’ve ever seen in person was The Price is Right so it will always have a soft spot in my heart!

I usually take the day off before a race to taper. And I run easy and lighten up the mileage about 5 days before the race too. Since I don’t do speedwork (I’m lazy) and I rely solely on endurance training it sorta works for me.

Favorite bagel is the Everything Bagel!


Stef October 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I used to watch the Price is Right with my grandma when she babysat in the summer. Of course, that was when good ol’ Bob was on there!


Emz October 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I adore you. Needed to tell you that.

Your dad–is pretty much the coolest EVER now. How cool is that random fact? Love it.
PS drew is tiny. Agreed.


Lauri October 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Those cupcakes…OMG…..

Funny story – Growing up we LOVED the Price is Right and we vacationed next door to another family at the beach every summer for the same 2 weeks. When we were kids, at 10:55 am every day we would all run up to the beach cottage to watch the Price is Right and play along, we were obsessed…Years later the little boy in the other family was in college and went on the show and won the Showcase Showdown! Must have been all our years of practicing!

I have never tried Cinnamon Sugar!! LOVE everything bagels and Asagio cheese (Panera) bagels but I think I need to try a French Toast bagel before I can claim a favorite….


Allyson October 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I LOVE the Price is Right, but it just doesn’t seem the same without Bob Barker and his slightly pervy ways.

I am doing better at tapering. In fact, I start next week. I do a two week taper before a half, gradually decreasing the miles and just enjoying the short runs and definitely take the day off before. Worked like magic last time.

Cinnamon and sugar bagels are the bee’s knees. Is there even a reason for another kind of bagel?


Sarah October 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

My biochemistry professor let me in on his carbo-loading/tapering secret (since he has a PhD in biochem and he is a 3:10 marathoner, I took his word for it…) – 6 days before the marathon, cut out carbs/sugar. Stick to an Atkin’s-like diet for 3 days in order to deplete the glycogen in your muscles and get all the enzymes in your muscles ready to make glycogen. Also during this time, do the last of your workouts before the marathon. During the last 3 days before the marathon, eat as many carbs as you can and keep exercise light/nonexistent.

Good luck on your race!! :)


Stephanie October 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Do you know how Drew grew tiny??? He is a runner, yep! I read all about it in one of my Runner’s World magazines :) Now I bet you REALLY like him. I’m so glad Brooke loves your singing…when my kids were old enough to talk they told me not to sing. My daughter would actually get quite angry if I tried to sing to her :D Good luck on your race you will do AWESOME!! We need to chat about meeting up next weekend…woo hoo!!!


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I used to watch The Price Is Right alll the time growing up! I think I liked it better before Drew was the host though. Aaand those cupcakes! WOW. Those are right up my alley! I don’t think I would’ve had to think twice about buying those babies. Yum!


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats October 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Ah your dad is sooo lucky! I used to love staying home from school sick to watch the Price is Right. Love it! I love the cheesey bagels. Current fav is asiago. I don’t know much about tapering. I’ve sorta plateaued with distance lately and races have been shorter distances so I havent really seen the point, but maybe I should be? Idk lol


Jade October 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

My neighbour back in the day was on it, and he won BOTH showcases. He was canadian so I don’t know exactly happened with the winnings but he showed us the video and it was hilarious! Talk about a man I think that was in his 60s, red hair, pulling people from the audience as he ran down! It was great.


Kate @ Run with Kate October 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Oh my gosh, Janae! That image you posted on your blog from pinterest was designed by one of my friends here in San Diego! He is a graphic designer and his company is Caava. He’s incredibly talented and does a lot of really cool work including photography and web design. What a small world.

Do you taper for 3 weeks before the marathon? Or do you just cut back during the final week?


Megan D October 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I used to watch it every morning in the Summer growing up. That is so chool your dad was on there AND won! A bunch of friends and I went to a taping over Spring break in college. My friend got called up, but never made it past contestants row. And I am sorry, but the show just isn’t the same without Bob. I don’t like Drew as the host. I think John O’Hurley should have replaced him.

I am no good at the taper. I usually take the day before a race easy, but not off. You would think for how ‘hard’ it is for me to taper it would bt hard for me to skip excercise AFTER the race. I am usually right back in the hym on Monday, but I have been such a slacker this week after the marathon and all my workouts have been easy peasy or nothing at all. AND I am eating everything I see (so it is probably a good thing I am not around those TJ cupcakes). I don’t know what my deal is. I need to snap out of it or the scale and my pants are going to start laughing at me,

I have a pumpkin bagel and a cinnamon Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge in my kitchen calling my name right now (please see previous paragraph).


Linnea Grimes October 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Good Luck on your race this weekend! I’m excited to hear the Recap.


Rene Hall October 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I drank the Trader Joe’s kool-aid and am pretty much dying to try everything in the store.
I LOVE TPIR!!! Plinko is my absolute favorite. I still harbor dreams of having my own Plinko board one day.
I love tapering. I take it easy the week before a long race and just take the day before completely off.


Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

That’s so cool that your dad was on Price is Right! I seriously love that show. I remember whenever I took a sick day from school when I was younger, I’d stay at home in my PJ’s and watch it. I would have failed miserably if I was ever a contestant, but a part of me always wanted to get on the show and bid $1 :D


Danica @ It's Progression October 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

-WOW those cupcakes sound amazing…I saw a recipe for homemade pumpkin reese’s cups that I’m determined to make tonight!
-I’ve only run half marathon races but I typically do 1-2 full days of rest


Sarah October 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I LOVED the Price is Right when I was a kid. Plinko is the best game EVER!!

I love all bagels. All the bagels!! Carbs and I have issues. So…


Kari @ Running Ricig October 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I LOVED the price is right as a kid. During the summer, I had to watch it every day. I miss Bob Barker.


Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Right now my favorite bagel is an Everything bagel from Einsteins with garlic cream cheese. I know, it sounds horrible and I’m sure it kills my breath. But those pregnancy cravings are crazy crazy things! ;)


Candice October 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Good luck on your race tmrw!
Have fun!! its your first race post partum and just enjoy it!!
Seriously love you, your going to smoke it!


Mallory @ Have Your Cake October 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Bagel flavor= everything bagel or cinnamon raisin! yum!

have fun at the race tmrw!


emi October 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

umm we need those cupcakes asap! see you tonight!


Natalie @ Free Range Human October 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I think I have to agree with you on the cinnamon sugar! My great-grandmother used to babysit me before I started school, and she watched The Price Is Right everyday without fail :)


Tiffany October 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Did you see the copy of Runner’s World that had Drew Carey in it? Apparently he lost the weight by becoming a runner!


Jessica@SweatismySanity October 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I love the asiago w/ veggie cream cheese. Also the cinnamon bagel w/ almond cream cheese. Nope to Price is Right…or at least not since the 80’s. :) I don’t know how to taper…I just follow the training schedule which usually just has a few short runs that week w/ one or two days of CT. Jessica


Lindsey October 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I haven’t watched Price is Riht since Bob Barker was host….Plinko was my game:) Last I heard, they were bringing on male models…might just be a rumor though LOL

All the best in your race…can’t wait to hear the recap!


Kay October 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Yum that salad looks delicious! I have the same Crate & Barrel Parker bowls but the little ice cream size ones haha


Sarah October 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Sooooo i am REALLY struggling with tapering :/ I run every day because it keeps me sane. I dread the taper! I am running the B.A.A Half on Sunday… ran 4 miles this morning and want/need to run 4 or more tomorrow because I just love, love, love to run. I think I am at a point, as many runners get to, such as yourself, where the ‘taper’ becomes less elongated. I have had a lot of luck just ceasing running the day before… or even ‘trotting’ a few miles the day before ;) I can seriously relate to you like crazy.

I am SO glad you have discovered the awesomeness of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods… both fabulous for different reasons, right!?

I have so so so many <3's for bagels. Udi's makes these amazing gluten free bagles that I LOAD with whipped cream cheese and strawberry jam. Cream cheese and jam = heaven.

Thanks as always for such a positive, smile inducing post!


Anne October 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Costco Bagels (especially the chedder ones) are in my top 15 foods of all time!!!

(And that is a very competitive list :))


lindsay October 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

your dad is famous! i want to be on that show! life long dream. Good luck racing, you are a rockstar. Brooke should be proud!


Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale October 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I’ve only ever tapered once and it went incredibly well!! I was going a little stir crazy by the end — I just wanted to RUNNNNN!! But otherwise, I was a fan!
Good luck this weekend! Perhaps pick up the cupcakes on your way home? Or have one before — it’ll be the extra energy you need to sprint for the finish!! ;)


Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl October 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Sony think that there are any right or wrong ways to taper ecause everyone is different. For half marathons I always take off the day before, do a very easy fartlek 5 days before to turn the legs over, and some strides 2 days before. Always leaves my legs feeling refreshed.

And amen to that Pinterest pin! Life is what you make it.


Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More October 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I agree, you need those cupcakes!

I haven’t watched the Price is Right in years. Think I’ve only seen it with Drew once and that was when he first started.

My favorite bagel flavor is jalapeno cheddar, hands down. But I did have a pumpkin pie bagel with New York cheesecake cream cheese at Panera’s last weekend. It was scrumptious! May need another one soon!…


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Cinnamon raisin or everything bagels! And I’m tapering right now for Chicago, although these three weeks seemed pretty long!


alyssa October 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I was on the Price is Right! Plinko was my game. I won a car! :)


Janae October 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

What?!?!? This is the coolest thing I have ever heard! Can I have your autograph?


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles October 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Cinnamon crunch. YUM!
I used to watch the Price is Right. I taper a day or two before.

The Kidless Kronicles


Khushboo October 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I loveee cinnamon raisin or choc chip bagels but if we talking savoury, onion bagels are where it is at!!


Cathryn @ MyHeartsContentblog October 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Next week I’m tapering for a half and I’m clueless about how to do it, too!! I think it will involve bagels too ;)


char eats greens October 6, 2012 at 3:58 am

My hubby and I went on the Price is Right when we were on our honeymoon…too bad we didn’t make it on stage. That’s so awesome your dad did though!!! It was fun even just being in the audience because we were in the third row behind where the contestants do the bidding, so we were in pretty much every shot when it was on them ;)

I could really go for a bagel right now…why don’t I have any in my house!!


Ariel October 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

Thats so funny! When I was a baby/toddler/growing up my grandma always sang “You are My Sunshine” to me! And I grew up on Price is Right too with my dad!


Lindsay October 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

Those cupcake things weren’t that good to me :(.
If you want something that tastes really good get the inside out carrot cake cookie sandwiches and speculoos cookie butter! (both from trader joes- they’re the


XLMIC October 6, 2012 at 11:29 am

I am a tapering Master. And I also loved that my babies LOVED my singing…and the same song :) I used to practice the Star Spangled Banner as a lullaby :P I do not sing well :(


Alexandrina October 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

We saw the Price is Right Live show this past wednesday, which was pretty cool! The rest of the group knew Drew Carey wasn’t going to be in the show. One of the guys didn’t. He was pretty disappointed.


Adrianna October 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

love the price is right! reminds me of summer time and doing morning chores.

those cupcakes are amaze balls!! get them.


Missy October 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

Everything bagels are my weakness, I love them!!!


Aubrey October 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

You might like this article from my cousin on tapering…. she’s a master runner and just took 5th in the St George Marathon yesterday!


Sue October 8, 2012 at 5:42 am

I used to sing You Are My Sunshine to my daughter every night. She wouldn’t go to sleep until I did. She is turning 16 in two weeks and it seems like yesterday when she was Brooke’s size. Thanks for bringing back happy memories. Maybe I’ll go in and sing it to her tonight!! LOL. She’d probably lock me out of her room if I did that!!!


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