Today I ran 22.5 miles. In six days I will run a marathon.
What? Did someone say something about tapering…. funny, I think I’ve heard of that before…
Now, I know it looks like I took all the wise running information I’ve ever read, heard or seen and packed it away in one of my many running shoe boxes stacked in my closet, closed the lid and then threw it out the window. I DO understand that a 14-20 day taper is ideal. I DO comprehend that muscles need recovery time in order to be fresh. How many times have I read that? How many times have I heard that? The answer is: Clearly, not enough.
But before you go find my running report card and give me an F in Tapering, hear me out. Listen to how well I’ve rationalized the situation:
1. I will be running the Lithia Loop Trail Marathon next Saturday (more on this later). While I’m very excited to be running it, I’ll be treating it as training rather than a goal race (my goal race will be CIM on December 7th).The plan is to give 90% instead of 110% on race day.
2. The Lithia Loop Marathon has a very very impressive elevation climb. And it’s a Trail marathon. I don’t expect to post a fabulous time. My goals are to have a lot of fun and not get injured.
3. I watched the NYC marathon online this morning before hitting the trails. I was so inspired and so happy, how could I not run 22 miles and pretend like there was a little bit of Paula Radcliffe and Kara Goucher in me?
4. Today’s 22-miler was awesome and I’ve been floating along on a sea of good post-running vibes all afternoon. Taper or no taper. I don’t regret a mile of my training.
5. My legs and I spoke breifly this morning about the situation and we’ve signed a Six-Day Taper Treaty. They’ll do their best and in return I will supply my legs (a.k.a The Sequoias) with ample sleep, good food, lots of contrast showers, and minimal stress between now and race day.
6. Did I mention I feel fantastic?
7. Because I have neglected to taper up to this point doesn’t mean I can’t taper. I’ll just do a mini-taper. Kind of like a miniskirt. Or a minivan. They aren’t for everyone, but both minivans and miniskirts have loyal fans – maybe I’ll try a mini-taper and see how it goes – but I promise not to do it for CIM.