Today officially starts my taper for the marathon. . . less than 2 weeks to go!
I am doing a two week taper for the Mayor’s Marthon. I know most plans have you taper for 3 weeks, but over my years of running competatively, I’ve found that I actually perform better with a shorter taper. To me, it feels like my body gets in too much of a relaxed mode otherwise before the big day. Plus, my body is used to doing quite a bit of running.
It worked last year, so I hope it works again this time!
I took it pretty easy on today’s run since I was still sore from my 22-miler on Saturday. My thutt (thigh + butt) muscles are especially sore!
Distance: 6 miles
Time: 54 minutes
As soon as I got back, I quickly made breakfast because I didn’t have anything to eat before heading out.
A recap on last week’s mileage:
Monday: 7 miles + 30 minutes of weight lifting
Tuesday: 10 miles with 7 miles at marathon pace
Wednesday: 10 miles + 30 minutes of weight lifting
Thursday: 6 miles + 60 minutes of yoga
Friday: 5 miles
Saturday: 22 miles
Weekly total: 60 miles
This week I am planning on running about 35 miles.
How long do you taper for your races?