It’s Monday again and that means it’s time for another marathon update. This is my last week of “training” before I kick butt at the NYC marathon. Training is in quotes because last week and this week are taper weeks.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, tapering is reducing your exercise prior to a competition or race. It can take as little as a week or as long as three weeks prior to the competition. For more infomation on tapering (and the mistakes of tapering), here are a few articles by Runner’s World, Competitor, and Active.com.
Some runners are a bit cranky during taper weeks because they have the itch to run, but need to rest. I know the feeling well. Running destresses me and if I can’t run, I have all this stress build up. It’s no bueno for me.
This time though, I welcome tapering with open arms.
I put in the hard work the last 18 or so weeks and this is now my time to rest (and boy do I need it). I did my last long run on 8 miles on Saturday and it was freaking tough. I felt a few aches in my knees and ankles, but made it through. Even walking today felt off. My goal this week is to run two short 4 milers today (Happy Halloweenie!) and Wednesday and I’m done until my marathon. Wish me luck!