Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tapering

I may be the only person in the world that you'll ever hear this from, but I love the taper. I look forward to the taper. I believe in the taper! It feels so good to have fresh, rested legs! I know that is what it takes to have a successful marathon and honestly, I like the down time. Of course, even though I know what's best for me, I still get worried that I'm not doing enough! But, overall, I think the taper is a great time for celebration and reflection. It's nice to have some time to sit back and think about all of the hard work that you've done over the past few months. It's also nice to celebrate all of that hard work (not too much though, we'll save the real celebration for after the race).

Okay, enough taper talk! I ran my last track workout this morning!

400 800 1200 1600 800

Not so bad! The real kick was only getting 2 minutes rest between every interval. Now, that's a lot of time after a 400, but not a lot of time after the 1200 and 1600.

My times:

96 3:13 4:57 6:33 3:14

I felt good. I wanted to kick it up a notch on the 1200 (especially since I ran that 4:39 last week) but I decided to play it smart, beat my goal time (5:06) and save my energy for the mile! I was supposed to run the mile in 6:48 - so, I'll consider 6:33 a huge success! :)

With less than 10 days to marathon, I'm feeling good. Monday and Tuesday of this week, I had the worst headache ever. When I didn't have enough energy to blow dry my hair yesterday before work I was worried - especially since I had taken a 3 hr. nap on Sunday, slept 7 hours Sunday night, taken half a day from work on Monday (along with a 4 hour nap) and slept 8 1/2 hours Monday night. Anyway ... I went to the doctor and I have a sinus infection. Luckily, they have shots for these things and I'm tapering. So, I took yesterday off and rested up! I woke up this morning feeling 1000 times better.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, ten days!! i'm glad you are feeling better!

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  2. Glad that you like your taper -- I for one -- hate mine.

    hers's to feeling good through race day

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  3. Nice work on the track Jaime and pssssst I've got have a little secret ... I've come to love the taper too! :-] I had a 8x800 workout today with 400m recoveries. I'm sooooo hopig the best for you in the upcoming marathon!! I knew it was getting close.

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  4. 10 days!!! I'm glad you are feeling better. Looking forward to your RR.

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  5. i love the IDEA of the taper. actually executing it properly is another story ;)

    nice track workout. it's awesome you felt good there.

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  6. I like taper but it does mess with my mind and i always feel tons of aches and pains that really aren't there! Great job on the track workout! You are getting really good at the miles!

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