Philadelphia Half Marathon Taper

by - Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I love taper and it couldn't have come at a more perfect time! Last week and this week I have been swamped at work, I'm dealing with my Gmail account getting hacked and I feel like I'm sort of falling behind on life, so running has really taken a back seat.

But hey, that's kind of the whole point of taper, to run shorter and easier and give your legs lots of time to recover.

I've also been enjoying stuffing my face with carbs. My waistline might not like it, but come race day I will have plenty of fuel in the tank!

Training So Far:
Week One
Week Two
Week Three
Week Four
Week Five
Week Six
Week Seven
Week Eight
Week Nine

Week Ten:

Monday: 6 x 800

Last round of speed work for this training cycle. My legs sort of felt like bricks, but I pushed through and got it done.

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3 miles easy

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 4 miles easy

This was supposed to be a six miler, but I had some terrible cramping and major tightness in my calves, so I decided to cut it short. I stopped to stretch a few times on the run, but nothing really seemed to loosen my legs up. At this point in training, better to call it short and spend more time stretching than push it and mess something up.

Sunday: Football playoffs

Football playoffs were awesome. We had a double header, with a pretty impressive come from behind victory in the first game. Unfortunately we lost in the semi-finals, which ended our season. My legs took a beating in the games though. The first game we were down a player, so there was a ton of extra running around. I also got cleated in ankle and accidentally tackled a couple of times throughout the day.

Needless to say I'm sore and I'm using the early part of this week to rest and recover. I'm hoping for two nice and easy runs sometime in the remainder of this week and then I'll be good to go come race day.

Four more days! Can't wait!

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