Typically, when I write about other topics and don’t touch on running it’s because I’ve been slacking. However this isn’t the case! Wahoo! I’ve been running like a good runner in training should. On the treadmill no less, which despite all of my previous whining has been a huge asset. You see, it’s been snowing here in Kzoo.
So thankfully, my good ol’ ‘mill has been seeing some action. My Kindle has been a big helps as well and I figured out that if I open my window it makes it much less stifling. Now time for a related topic… Awkward transition… Throughout the course of my longer race training history an interesting pattern has evolved. I call it premature tapering.
No picture here as I am not even willing to do an internet search!
I’ll be running and running and then the 3 weeks BEFORE I am supposed to taper, I start the tapering process. I’m not quite sure why but I do think I start to get bored or burned out. Then after these three weeks are over I give myself a quick swift kick in the bum, freak out and go full throttle with training again.
This is a most excellent plan.
Since I can’t remember doing it a different way (I’m sure it wasn’t like this when I did the running camp but my memory fails me) it hasn’t been too detrimental. I did it for my first full and I’ve done it for most of the 1/2’s I’ve run. I’m sure doing it the way I’m “supposed to” would be helpful although the concept of tapering freaks me out. And you know, it’s too late now.
Am I worried? Eh – I don’t know. Since this race has been on my mind for months I’m to the point where I know it’s going to happen. I’m 75% confident I will be able to complete the whole thing. I have no worries about the first three races; it’s just that dang full at the end! But if I don’t complete the full I won’t get the Goofy medal, the Dopey medal or the 26.2 medal. This set of races is really about the bling! I’ve also told everyone I know (repeatedly) about this race and I’m not thrilled with the idea of saying I didn’t finish. Oh yeah, and you know my personal pride!
I am also getting excited to go to (warm) FL, stay in a Disney hotel, buy some treasures and run! The minibreak aspect of it will also be welcome. I do plan on busting out some snowy, cold miles on Thursday and Friday when I have time during the day. Then next week I’m headed out to visit the fam and it is a balmy 40ish degrees! I find this splendid. While the weather will be ideal my test will be to get out there and run as opposed to sitting on the couch. While I would like to declare my intentions of running all the miles we all know this isn’t a solid guarantee. Haha, stay tuned!
Are you good at tapering? If not, you have found a kindred spirit!