I've never really tapered for a race before. Usually when training for half marathons, I run 13 miles as my last long run two weeks out, then 9-10 miles the weekend before, and run a couple easy runs before race day. But I don't really taper.
But given how long it took me to recover from 20, and the fact that I still feel super depleted and even my short runs have been stiff, slow slogs lately, I'm trying to taper seriously without letting it go to my head.
|First step of taper...relax and add more date-nights to your week. And carb loading. And alcohol. That's what the elites do, right?|
It's all mental, isn't it? I know I'm physically capable of running the marathon right now, but my legs are so tired. Rest is the way to go - as my friends keep saying, "The hay is in the barn." - but I'm worried that if I rest too much I'll lose fitness. I've decided that "taper madness" really is 90% mental because my body is loving the rest.
|This "easy" run with Kristin and Tracey didn't feel so easy! But my new shoes felt great, and looked pretty, too!|
One reason I've been more tired than usual is that volleyball has started and I'm a very active coach. My hamstrings and quads are feeling it; I love the game too much to give direction from the sidelines during practice!
|Pre-game snack in my car. We won our first game by a landslide. I couldn't be prouder of my girls!|
I've noticed a funny trend in my distances over the last few weeks. I used to be a stickler for exact distances, but lately I'm comfortable stopping when I'm finished, no matter the mileage.
|Usually I'd finish those runs on nicer, rounder numbers, but tapering has changed my mindset a bit there. Now I finish when my legs feel done.|
I'm also considering a new, drastic haircut for after the race. My hair has been ruined by braids, sweat, and over-washing. It's been long for much too long! I'm ready to cut it short again; Matt wants me to go for the buzzed look we've been seeing on so many ladies lately.
|Not this drastic, though.|
We'll see. I tend to like a short cut for a week and then get bored with it and annoyed with having to style it daily.
Fifteen days until the race. My legs don't feel rested or recovered yet. I guess I need to take this taper thing a little more seriously...and maybe fit some yoga into my schedule over the next two weeks! A massage wouldn't hurt either...
|Seriously awesome surprise from Kristin this week!|
I'm tempted to book this massage before my race, but I know saving it for after will be worth it!
Do you get taper madness?
Marathon-experienced friends, do your legs feel more tired at the start of taper? When do they start to feel fresh again? Is feeling so depleted normal?
Do you like having short, medium, or long hair best?