Wednesday, September 11, 2013

About Tapering

Mike and I don't really taper for half marathons anymore, in fact, I think that the only one that we've tapered for was our first one back in 2011.

We actually rarely taper AT ALL. We don't need training plans for shorter races and sometimes just add those to our calendar on a whim. Our marathons and 70.3 were some of the only recent races where we have tapered.

I used to hate tapering when I was a swimmer. I actually WOULDN'T when I was in high school and I did pretty well at the end of the season (for the most part). In college my swim coach didn't really understand why I didn't want to taper, and I would give in somewhat.

I think that part of the reason I don't like to taper is that I get antsy or feel lazy, though I know my body needs some time to rest if I want to do well. This may also be the reason why I struggle with recovery runs because I know I can go faster and feel like a slacker if I don't, though I am getting better at this.

These past two weeks have been all about taper since, other than our 70.3, the Erie Half Marathon this Sunday is my biggest race of the year. I have been taking most of my runs easier, with the exception of a pretty fast run last Thursday but someone had upset me prior to the run and I think that fueled the fire a bit.

I have been hydrating, compressing, eating well and getting enough sleep (though that isn't usually a problem for us). I've also been checking the weather, and it keeps changing, but it doesn't look like it is going to be too bad.

 Mike at one of the Presque Isle lighthouses we will run by on Sunday

Us at the other lighthouse, not sure if we run by this or not

I'm excited to go to Erie again, specifically Presque Isle where the race will take place, and put my body and mind to the test. I know I can do this, and I WILL get my sub-2 half marathon!

15 comments:

  1. I never really tapered for half-marathons either. I suppose it's perhaps the training plans were usually so short? Best of luck this weekend, too! Looks like it's a beautiful course!

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  2. I will be cheering for you and anxiously awaiting a post. You have got this, no question about it. Go and be amazing.

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  3. With college swimming I only had one successful taper. The rest I went slower or about the same at championships. I've had decent success with tapering for half marathons so hopefully you get that sub 2!

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  4. I don't like tapering. Never have. I do much better without it so I hear you!
    You've got this, girl!! Make it yours!

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  5. For shorter distance races, I usually back off the intensity a few days prior, but I've never done a long taper. Have a great race this weekend!

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  6. Oooh, taper is the best. I love it so much. <3 the taper!! Anyways, good luck this weekend!

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  7. woot good luck with the race. I really don't taper more than two weeks now, in fact my toughest week will be three weeks out. I have found that I just get sluggish with much more than that.

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    1. This is definitely an experiment (for the half distance). For our marathon we'll do our last 20 miler three weeks before, so we do the same thing you do :)

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    2. I am the same - 20 milers always 3 weeks out.
      Half marathons there is no taper at all. I guess I consider them marathon training runs.

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  8. Go Jamie and Mike!!! You both will be awesome and have great 1/2s! I cannot wait to read about your sub 2 hr!

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  9. I'm so excited to hear about your victory! Go get it, Jamie!

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  10. Oh taper is the pits. I just hate the antsy feeling I get. Marathon taper is the worst. I can understand it. Where did you swim in college? I don't think I realized you did.

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    1. Mike and I both swam two years at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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  11. YAY SO happy for you! Can't wait for your recap! :) Also, as for taper, I always felt huge because my appetite never went away! haha

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