Ah, taper time. After my 20 miler, I was beyond happy that the mileage was going down. But ... tapering is hard. I've never tapered for a running race, but I am all too familiar with a swim taper. ('twas the time of the season where I turned cranky, anxious and drove everyone crazy). The questions and doubts were endless: If you rest too much - are you losing endurance/strength? If you don't rest enough, will you be tire too quickly? What's the fine line between carbo-loading and carbo-over-loading?
This time, I'm hoping to sing a different tune on land! To help, I've been taking advice from some experts at Runner's World ...
- It's Taper Time - Takeway: "Confidence should be the focus of the final week."
- Do You Make These Four Tapering Mistakes? - Takeaway: "Stick to what you know and what you’ve trained with."
- How to Deal with Prerace Anxiety - Takeway: "Set multiple goals."
And, I've been loving recent race recaps of the Chicago marathon - the brutal honesty (puking! crying!) is refreshing but ter-ri-fy-ing!
- Kelsey of Fueling Strong (Butler friend!)
- Meggie of See Meggie Run (ExactTarget co-worker - I'm kicking myself now for never meeting her while I was there!)
Wish me luck for a successful taper!