So here we sit, T minus 10 days until Boston and about mid-way through the taper. Am I feeling the taper crazies yet? Not at all.
I really don’t mind tapering, in general. I’ve put in the hard work and I want to do well at my race, so I embrace it as much as I can. I need the cutback in miles, the extra rest, the mental break. I also find it a nice time to catch up on stuff that has been neglected during the busy marathon training period. Like my yard, for instance. Er, maybe not.
But anyhow, I haven’t tapered quite as much as I usually do. Part of this is the extra couple of days you get with a Monday race, but a bigger part of it is the fact that I just don’t feel beat up this time. I’ve never finished off a marathon training period feeling fresher. I KNOW I am a broken record with this, but I’m telling you, changing my form has made all the difference in this department.
And because of this, I am pretty excited to see how my legs perform after mile 20 at Boston. I have never had a training cycle like this one, where my legs felt so good at the end of the long ones and where they also felt good to go the next morning. I’m hoping this will equate to less fatigue during the final 10k.
I’m feeling ready; I’m feeling good. I’m feeling like, given a good weather day (please???) April 16 is going to be a good day for me!
Do you ever get a sense that you’re going to have a good race? I actually do and it is almost always is on the money. (Call it my sixth sense).