I love Taper Town
Ah yes, I really do. I know lots of people complain about tapering for a marathon or half marathon. Those two weeks before the race can cause all sorts of mental problems with runners. You can begin to question whether you’ve done enough training, or whether you should do another long run or not. You begin to feel all sorts of aches and pains in places that never bothered you before. You begin to wonder whether your plan is solid, or if the volume is too low. Thankfully, I do not have these problems.
Nope, I am perfectly content when tapering. I can trust that I’ve done all I can, and that another run or two won’t make a difference at this point (nor will missing one). Thinking back to school, I was the same way with an exam. The night before, I could rest easy knowing I had done as much as I could, and cramming at that point would be pointless. Same with running for me. Instead, I just run how I feel like running, at whatever pace I want and for whatever mileage I want, within reason; I’m not about to try and run 15 miles at 8:00/mile pace. But I’ve managed to get off the couch and run a bit, at decent paces.
This week, due to the darkness in the mornings and the later sunrise time, my weekly runs were moved to after work. These were my first afternoon runs since April. It’s definitely a different way of doing things, as I’ve written about before. You have to make sure you hydrate and watch what you eat, otherwise you feel heavy and gross during the run. There’s also a sense of urgency you don’t have in the morning, chasing the sunset. Which, by the way, is awesome. Along the bluff, the brush has been cut down allowing unimpeded views of the river in both directions, and it is gorgeous. I’ll try and snag a picture during my next sunset run.
Tuesday. No run. Oops.
Wednesday. 5 miles at a sub-9 pace. Why? Because I felt like it, because the evening was nice and cool, and because I could. Ended up stopping twice to say hi to some friends who were out there doing Insanity workouts.
Thursday. 5 miles, again at sub-9 pace. If only I could keep that pace up for 26.2 miles instead of 5.
Sunday. 6 miles at sub-9 again
There are two reasons why our normal Saturday run was moved to Sunday. First, we went out Friday night for a friend’s birthday and probably had too much fun. Second, the marathon is run on Sunday, so why not start practicing that! But Sunday was absolutely gorgeous. I kept the pace up, thinking that if I couldn’t do the full run scheduled (12 miles), then up the intensity to make up for it. Afterwards, I hung out at the park while I waited for R to finish up her miles. And by hanging out, I mean I played on this guy:
Yup, that’s a giant catfish that kids (or adults who act like kids) can play on/in/around. There’s also some water features for the kids to play in on hot days. Have to remember that during summer runs next year.
Less than two weeks to go!
Marathon Training Totals
Weekly Runs: 3
Weekly Miles: 16
Total Runs: 53
Total Miles: 384