Alright, so when you’re tapering you’re supposed to cut back on running, right? What about the rest of exercise? I took the term “tapering” very literally this past week, as I only worked out three days. Its not what I had planned to do, but its just the way things worked out.
I spent much of the beginning of the week letting my body recover from my 14 mile run. I was more sore than I thought I’d be, and took my first run post 14 miler run very easy. My bad ankle also bothered me on and off throughout the week, which is another reason why I took the extra rest. The extra rest paid off though, as I set an unexpected 5k PR Thursday evening during my run.
So what did I do with my extra time this past week? I spent time catching up with a friend on the phone one evening, I went to happy hour with friends on Friday, and more importantly, I took care of several chores around the house. It was nice to have extra time for some of the things that I haven’t had time to do over the past several weeks of training.
This coming week I plan to take it easy again, listening to my body and doing as it says. If I feel up to it, I’ll try to do one day of cross training in addition to the two days of running I have planned for this week. My legs felt very heavy during yesterday’s long run, so I won’t be doing any lower body weight training this week. Most importantly, I want to give myself the best chance possible to PR next Sunday at my fourth half marathon.
Mon 3/9 – 1.24 mile walk around the neighborhood with Riley
Tues 3/10 – 2.25 mile run on the treadmill, 0.44 mile cool down walk, abs, stretching
Wed 3/11 – Rest day
Thurs 3/12 – 3.11 mile run around the neighborhood, 0.50 mile cool down walk, abs, legs, glutes
Fri 3/13 – Rest day
Sat 3/14 – Lots of walking around the outlet mall
Sun 3/15 – 5.01 mile run on the trail, 0.63 mile cool down walk
Total Weekly Mileage – 13.18 miles (14.25 miles less than week 16)
Total Shamrock Training – 255.09 miles
QOTD: How many days do you run in the week leading up to a major race?