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As for today, this won't be another "tapering sucks" post ... but I'm always interested to hear what everyone does the week before a marathon?
What's your routine the week before a big race?
I used to be a religious taperer (that word doesn't sound right). But one of two things was always true for me ...
1. I didn't workout enough and lost a little intensity.
2. I didn't workout enough and lost A LOT of intensity.
When taper weeks rolled around, I threw it into low gear and basically took two weeks off. You guessed it, on race day - it seemed like forever ago since I had a good workout, and I was really sluggish.
So I changed it up a little and the results have been fairly positive. First of all, I reduced my taper weeks to one week. Two weeks were too many for me. Probably more psychologically than anything. My body still feels fresh on race day with only one week of cutting back a little. And mentally, since I've had a long run fairly recently, 26.2 doesn't seem so daunting.
Secondly, I really try to keep as much intensity as possible, while lowering the mileage a little. Typically I'll run about 70-80 miles per week. During a taper week, I usually run about 50-55 including the race. That might still be a little too much - I'm tinkering with cutting it down a little more. But also, I try to get a decent Tempo Run and Speed Workout in before the race.
Today I ran a shorter 10 mile Tempo Run, averaging about 15 seconds below Marathon Pace on the tempo miles 4-9. On Wednesday, I'll go on a 8-10 mile slow yyyyog. And on Thursday, I'll probably do 7-8 at a fairly good clip with several sprints mixed in. Then probably rest on Friday and Saturday with the possibility of a 1 or 2 mile slow run on one of those days.
My biggest problem during a taper is nutrition. It always seems when I'm standing at the starting line with a full belly, I think, "Man, probably shouldn't have eaten so much!" I never feel as lean as I think I should. I'm currently tinkering with this too. But the challenge is getting enough food the couple of days before, without feeling over-weight at the starting line.
For me, staying fairly fast and intense, and trying to watch what I eat the last week before a marathon has worked much better. Just curious what you do ...
... be great today!