Normally I am all about trusting the taper and all that jazz. I don’t like it, but I do it.
However, that is when I have completed a full training cycle and am ready to race.
My first half marathon of the year is only 5 days away and I am trying to figure out exactly what to do with these last few days.
First, I am not going into this race trying to PR.
I ran a sub 2 hour half on this course last time and know there is no way I will get close to beating that. When I had my PR race it was after 4 months of serious training when I felt fabulous.
Currently I have only been back running and training for 5 weeks and am still not 100%. I busted my butt on a 8 miler last week, thought I was going to die, was huffing and puffing like a geriatric smoker, and still only pulled in 10 minute miles. There is no way I am shooting for an even 9 minute mile pace, which is what I would need to break my PR.
So hear in lies my confusion:
- I am not running to PR.
- While I would like an okay time, I am more concerned with finishing injury free.
- I am considering this more like a training run for my April full marathon than a race.
- I have only been running 5 weeks so it isn’t like I have been back at it that long.
With all that in mind: Do I taper? If so what would you suggest with my last 5 days.
This is kind of what I have in mind/have been doing:
(I’ll admit, I’ve been playing off the cuff since my return to injury and trying to just listen to my body, next week a REAL marathon training plan kicks in.)
Saturday – my last long run, 12 very slow, beautiful miles Sunday – barre class
Monday – 6 miles super slow
Tuesday – Cross Training (30 minutes biking, 30 lifting, 15 doing PT stretches)
Wednesday – 5 Tempo (10 minute mile) with my running buddy
Thursday – Do I cross train again? Walk? Rest?
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 13.1
Should I be taking more rest days?
Or is this okay since I am just doing it as a training run and not for time?
While I thought it would be very frustrating not to finish under 2 hours since I have run this course one other time and that was the result…. In truth I am ridiculously happy to be running again. My first race in over a year, as long as I finish without aggravating my old injury I will be HAPPY! This is just the first step on my comebetter plan.