Today officially kicks off taper for the Boston Marathon! If you aren’t familiar with marathon training and taper, it is the part of training that is absolutely the worst.
OK, that might be exaggerating. It’s pretty awesome at first because you drop your mileage (usually at 70% the first week / 50% the second week) and the extra rest days/lower mileage feel pretty awesome, but then you start to get a little antsy. I feel like your body has adjusted to needing all the extra energy to get through the tough workouts, and suddenly you have all of that, but no workouts.
So what do you do with the energy? Basically because a crazy runner person… worrying about everything and anything like getting sick, injured, not eating the right foods, stressing about race day weather and performance… the list goes on and on.
But it’s all for something good, right?
So, for those that encounter me in the next few weeks, I’m sorry in advance for the taper crazies. 😉
Before I get on to the weekly training recap —> a few of the best things I’ve read lately:
- Hate to break it to you, but you are why your life sucks so much // LOVE this. If you’re unhappy with something, change it. And always remember that this life is for you and nobody else.
- Champagne ice cubes just seriously upgraded your brunch mimosas // Omg these sound like the bomb dot com.
- A runner’s letter to her younger self // My favorite quote in this: “Running will teach you how to fall down over and over and over, then stand back up with a desire to succeed.”
- This Friends video // Seriously just go watch it right now. You can thank me later.
Last week I made the shift of my long run from Saturday to Monday, and continued that trend this week since my weekend was jam packed and plus, it makes a little more sense since Boston does fall on a Monday.
Here’s the recap:
Tu: 5 miles easy @ 10:05 avg pace
We: 10 miles @ 9:11 avg pace (with 4x1200m at 5k / 2 min slow jog in between)
Th: 10 miles @ 8:57 avg pace
Fr: 4 miles @ 7:55 avg pace
Sa: rest day
Su: rest day
Mo: 20 miles @ 8:49 avg pace
Total: 49 miles
Pretty stoked about the paces I hit and nailing just under 50 miles for my last week of full training. I think the biggest thing I need to work on over the next few weeks (and it’s been a focus for the past few months) is my mental strength… always where I seem to fall apart in the high teens of a race. Not this time!
Do you love or hate taper? Do you get the taper crazies?
Any tips for building better mental strength?
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