T-7 days until Phoenix Rock and Roll! It’s time to talk about tapering. My mileage has significantly decreased on my training plan (Train Like a Mother: Half-Marathon Own It Plan) this last week and the upcoming week has only a few short runs :
Monday: 3-4 miles (and pilates class)
Tuesday 3 miles, last 2 at RP
Wednesday: 3miles, 4-6 strides
Friday: 20 min or rest
Saturday: 20 min or rest
A lot of runners I know , including myself, get a little crazy during the taper. They feel like they aren’t running enough and are losing fitness. I’m not feeling that so much this time around. I know I am not going to PR in this race because I haven’t been able to train as hard with shin splints, so I am a lot more laid back about cutting my running down. Can I admit I am actually happy about only putting in 10-12 miles this week before the race? (Gasp!) I think that is a sign that after this race a couple weeks off a plan and cross training is in order.
How do you feel about tapering? Do you have any secret tips for getting through tapering week?