This is my first REAL taper! Although I have read so many blog posts about what to expect, I honestly was completely unprepared! Three weeks before the race, I started to cut back my mileage, 10% each week until the race and I still did a few workouts with high intensity.
Week 9 = 37 mi
Week 10 = 32.97 mi
Week 11 = 28.87 mi
Week 12 = Estimated at 27 mi
The best part about this taper was that I didn't make any drastic cuts in mileage or intensity. I have slowly cutback on the workouts and mileage but continued to run tempo and half marathon paces in most of my workouts (except for easy runs). Here is how things have been going -
First week -
Who needs taper - not me! I feel great. Ok so my legs are a little tired from that super long run this past weekend but I am doing fine.
I thought this was taper - that meant no more hard workouts! 3x 2mi at Tempo is not supposed to be a taper workout!
Where are my recovery socks and sleeves? I should wear them all the time now to help my legs recover even faster...
Second week -
I am RAVENOUS! I just want to eat all the time! I just had my mid morning snack which turned into a second breakfast! I cannot stop thinking about food!
And my knee hurts. For real. Ok maybe not, its fine now. My hip hurts - I am serious this time. Just kidding I am fine!
Third week -
Ok 10 day forecast stop playing games with me! Yesterday you said 60% chance of rain and now today you say it supposed to be sunny and 70F! If you are going to keep this up I am not going to continue to check you until the day before the race!
I am sorry high heels but I can't wear you this week. I promise we will get back together in another week or two. It has been pretty rainy out and you wouldn't want to be out in that weather anyway!
Only a few days left and only a few more workouts...am I ready? I hope so!