Week twelve of training was my first official week of marathon tapering! I love to taper, but I hate to taper. It is a total catch 22.
Why? Because it kind of plays with your mind. When you taper, you aren’t running nearly as much as you were throughout your training. It makes you feel like, “OMG I am not doing as much as I should”. It also makes you say, “Am I going to lose all this speed that I have been working towards the last 12 weeks?”.
Although we have these fears, the best thing to do is relax, and trust that you have done everything you can do. “The hay is in the barn” as my running coach would say.
I will say that I had some issues this week with my asthma. My body is fighting off a cold, but I have been drinking Emergen-C like water!
Monday – Off day
Tuesday – 6 miles at 8:30 pace. 3 miles at “goal pace” (2 of which were a little slower than goal pace…oh well!).
Wednesday – TRX Class
Thursday – 5 miles at 8:20 pace. 2 miles at a faster pace (7:30 and 7:09). Was hoping to pick it up a bit more but my asthma was getting in the way.
Friday – 4 miles at 8:24 pace. One of those runs where I could’ve run forever!
Saturday – 12 miles, 9 at 8:29 pace. I ran 3 of these miles while spectating the KC Marathon (don’t know the pace). Two of my amazing friends were running and we followed them through the entire course. Such a fun day!
After my 9 mile run, I did 35 minutes of yoga. I freaking love yoga!!!
Sunday – Off day
Total Miles: 27