Last week I thought that I had the taper thing under control. I would take the few weeks leading up to the race nice and easy so that come race day I was a bull ready to be let loose. My muscles would be recovered and mentally I would want to do nothing but run. I was looking forward to the taper and no long runs. But, now I want to run-hard and race.
Yesterday I was suppose to do 15 miles. I am so sick of running circles around this isolated town, that I decided to take it up to the trails. JWail had been out with the dogs at Happy Jack during the week and said it was pretty much dry.
Mentally I couldn’t do the pavement. Not to mention that the winds had kicked up-again. But, two hours of trail running sounded perfect.
I carpooled to the trailhead with this hunk (do people still use that word)?
But, he told me he was taken and wasn’t interested in hanging out with this coolness. So, we parted ways. He on his mountain bike and me on foot.
It took my two hours to go 10 miles. But, I had some steep uphills to
climb walk, and I got into it with a fallen tree, meaning that I ripped my pants and had some major scrapes. After about 4.5 miles I got into my groove and finally stopped making excuses and just kept moving.
The last two miles were up a steep trail called “Middle Aspen.” Most of the time I have to walk it on my bike. So, there was no surprise that walking was an option today. But, merely an option. I remembered that miles 8-10 of the marathon are completely uphill and since I was at miles 8-10 of my run, I wanted to give it my all. I kept trucking and refused to look at my 12 min/mile pace on my garmin.
Today’s fueling was brought to you by this:
This is what I hear that they will be dispersing at the marathon aid stations. This or some other variation like powerade. I never drink it, but figured that I better in order to build up a stomach for it. I believe that carrying my own water defeats one of the purposes of signing up for a race. Anyways-disgusting and incredibly sticky. I do not know how people drink this on a regular basis. It is chock full of everything that is bad for you-high fructose corn syrup, other ‘toses, artificial flavoring. I diluted it a bit with water just to make it manageable and prayed that I metabolized everything from it in the 2 hours of hard running
The run left me with an incredible high and lots of thigh pain. Today is an active recovery day and then tomorrow starts the first of the short track mountain bike series! Tapering, what’s that?
What is your secret for managing the taper? Less mileage, less intensity?
Why do you sign up for races? The support-not carrying my own food or water. The camaraderie of not running alone. Being able to pass people and run faster. To support the cause.