This past week was my first week of tapering. While some runners often find it difficult to taper, especially mentally since they think they need to run more, I definitely didn’t face a mental struggle this past week. I attribute this to the fact that since I’m going back to work today (the first day for my students is next Tuesday), I spent much of this past week trying to get a lot of errands and chores done. I also went into work three days this past week to get ahead on my lesson planning, which will hopefully ease my stress this coming week and as the new school year starts. I had plenty to keep my focus off of the reduction in my training mileage!
Although I had planned to complete three runs this past week, I wound up only completing two. After my run on Tuesday, my right calf and foot started to bother me. It wasn’t anything significant, but with Virginia Beach this coming weekend, I didn’t want to push anything or risk injury. Instead of running on Thursday, I opted for the elliptical instead. I’m glad I listened to my body, and that my calf and foot felt fine during yesterday’s run after a couple of days of rest. Clearly my body needed the extra rest!
Mon 8/18 – 1.98 mile walk around the neighborhood with Riley
Tues 8/19 – 2.85 mile treadmill run, 0.39 mile cool down walk, kettlebell squats, abs, shoulders, arms
Wed 8/20 – Rest day
Thurs 8/21 – 35 minutes on the elliptical, chest, back, arms, abs, glutes, legs
Fri 8/22 – Rest day
Sat 8/23 – Rest day
Sun 8/24 – 4.16 mile run around the neighborhood, 0.34 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 13.02 miles (7.71 miles less than week 16)
Total Half Marathon Training Mileage – 255.29 miles
The highlight of my training week was completing yesterday’s run with Preston. When I first started running, we completed a lot of our runs together. (Not all of them, since he was training for Dopey and I wasn’t, but it was nice when we did run together.) This summer though, Preston opted not to run much, but with the Army Ten Miler less than two months away, he’s starting to run again. I’m looking forward to even more training runs together.
Its hard to believe that I’ve already reached week 18 of my training, and that in 6 short days I’ll be running my third half marathon! The countdown to Virginia Beach is on!
QOTD: Do you find tapering to be a mental challenge? When tapering, do you err on the side of caution, or do you push through any pain?