This week officially marked the beginning of my taper for Baystate Marathon.
Most people fight it but I’m embracing the taper with open arms.
Two weeks ago, I hit my all time high weekly mileage – 54 miles. Never, ever did I think I could handle that amount of miles. I also never, ever thought I could get 10-12 miles in before most people’s alarms are going off to start the day. But I did. You make it work when it comes to marathon training!
Last week, threw my training off. The surprise Achilles pain and subsequent rest days meant I sort of started to taper a week early. If I would have run all my planned runs, I would have had over 200 miles for the month. Another milestone. My competitive self is a little bit mad about that. But my sensible self is happy just to be running. My Achilles got it’s extra TLC, it’s feeling OK and I’ve picked up where I was in my original marathon training plan.
I saw this sign heading into my massage appointment yesterday. Isn’t that the truth?
This week I’m cutting my mileage by 20%. Most of my runs will be at easy pace with a few miles at marathon pace. There’s no need to push the limits right now. All of my fitness gains have been made. I also won’t lose any fitness in 3 weeks of tapering.
According to Runner’s World, “levels of muscle glycogen, enzymes, antioxidants, and hormones–all depleted by high mileage–return to optimal ranges during a taper. The muscle damage that occurs during sustained training is also repaired. And if that isn’t enough, immune function and muscle strength improve, as well, which reduces the odds you’ll catch a cold or get injured just before the race. And get this: The average performance improvement by the subjects who tapered in these studies was 3 percent. That works out to 5 to 10 minutes in a marathon.””
That’s a good enough reason for me to taper!
There is another 5K that’s a part of the Dover Road Race Series this weekend. I was tempted to do it after learning that I was in 9th place in the overall women’s standings. That was my competitive self thinking. My sensible self spoke up louder.
4 races in the past 4 weeks = not good for Ang’s already injury prone body.
So I’m sitting out this 5K and instead following my plan like a good girl. I just have to remember what my focus is.
And blowing away my previous time.
I’m sure I’ll have oodles of phantom pains and twinges in the next 18 days.
All I can say is, bring it on! I’m ready for it!
What do you do to tame the taper crazies?