Taper Goals

by - Thursday, November 10, 2011

I have the weirdest form of taper madness ever.

Some people get all antsy that they can't run and end up squeezing in extra runs.

I however have the opposite probably. I'm antsy as heck for the race to get here, but I'm not trying to do a lot of running in the meantime. Instead, I'm doing a lot of resting.

For some reason come taper time, I look at the runs I have planned and think they're too much, that I shouldn't be pushing that hard and that I should take more rest time to let my legs recover.

The last thing I want to to show up on race day with dead legs.

So during taper I am extremely liberal with my rest. In fact, I'm probably much too liberal, so I'm setting some goals for this round of tapering.

Ideally I'd like to get two more runs in this week and then do three easier runs next week to keep my legs feeling fresh, but rested for race day. I'm not going to push it too hard in the runs. I just want to get some quality time on my feet in before the race.

I've also been noticing some major tightness in my hips and quads lately. I should probably put taper to good use and spend some quality time with the foam roller working out some of the tightness.

Just a little more than a week until race day! I wish it would hurry up and get here already.

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