You know how so often tapering can be sheer torture? You’re burning up with excess energy, you’re convinced you’re losing fitness, you just want to get the show on the road already? Well, none of that applies to me right now.
I am loving this taper week because it was badly needed. I haven’t raced since early May and, as a consequence, really ramped up my training. I’ve been diligent logging the miles, getting in my speedwork, etc. I have a 10-miler in Baltimore this weekend and I really want to have a good one. So I took my training right up to the line you don’t want to cross.
By about 10 days ago, my legs were feeling it. Somewhere along the way I think I slightly crossed that line. I had dead legs and really had to fight with myself mentally to back it off even earlier than I intended to. The dedicated part of me wanted to keep pushing, but the sensible side I don’t like to listen to told me to back it off already. So I started my taper a bit early and now my legs are beginning to feel better. Actually, on the track this morning, where I did an abbreviated workout, they felt downright good.
It’s going to be a hot and humid one on Saturday, but I feel like I am acclimated, finally. It’s also a tough course–one that was marked long last year–but I feel ready. I am excited to get to that starting line!
Don’t forget my SCAPE sunscreen giveaway here.