And just like that, my first week of taper is complete! I felt a little tired on some of my runs, which was to be expected, but for the most part it went really well. I’ve never run this kind of volume the week before race week – a drop of about 20% from my peak mileage. I hope it will help my legs remember what they need to do in 6 days, whereas in the past they have gone into couch potato mode.
Monday – rest
This is where you will usually find me on a Monday evening…
Tuesday – 21K with 3 x 5000 @ 102%MRP [1000 recoveries]
5:06 – 5:05 – 5:07 – 5:06 – 5:05
5:05 – 5:07 – 5:06 – 5:05 – 5:06
5:04 – 5:06 – 5:05 – 5:06 – 5:06
21.1KM (13.1mi) – 1:52:00 – 5:18/KM (8:32/mi)
Wednesday – 10K recovery
Hubs and I headed out after work for on this sunny but windy evening for a recovery run. I wore my marathon shoes for the first time! They felt great, but my legs were feeling a little stiff and awkward. Sometimes that happens when I have a physio appointment followed by several hours sitting in a desk. We took it slow and shook things out, having an impromptu photo shoot in the process.
|How’s my form?|
10.1KM (6.3mi) – 58:29 – 5:47/KM (9:19/mi)
Thursday – 13K with 3 x 1600
Clinic night started off with a taper pep talk from coach and some advice for race day. I know this stuff already but it doesn’t hurt to hear it
once or twice several times.
13.5KM (8.4mi) – 1:10:35 – 5:14/KM (8:25/mi)
Friday – 6K recovery
I headed out for my first lunch run in a while! It was nice to get out mid-day, even though it started pouring as soon as I stepped outside and literally stopped when I got back to the office. Felt a little tired, but my legs woke up as I went along.
|3rd day in a row wearing a SL10K race shirt – must be the theme of the week!|