What's also strange is the lack of taper built into my plan for the week. The only noticeable difference in my plan for last week and this week was a 10miler for my long run instead of higher. It hasn't bothered me at all not to be doing a traditional taper, but with a rest day today, and the race approaching, I'm reflecting on the week before CapCity last year and second guessing everything (of course). I have myself scheduled for a rest day (from running) today and Saturday. I front-loaded my mileage for early this week and have already logged 18 miles so far, more than the week before a half marathon would typically have on a schedule. Tomorrow morning will be another 3-4 "easy" miles. I know I'll be able to handle the distance on Sunday, hopefully I am rested enough for the speed. I think being in the middle of a training plan and having 7 more weeks until my 'A' race has helped to calm the taper madness this week, too. Maybe I should do this for every race...hmmm...so for a marathon, it should be halfway through an Ultra Race Training Plan? Yeah, maybe not!
Someone mentioned a couple months ago that you cannot expect to train well for two different race distances at the same time. I didn't agree with the statement at the time, but we'll leave it up to Sunday to see who is right. My goal all along has been to train well for BOTH races and hopefully PR in BOTH. Go Big or Go Home, right?!
I don't do well with resting or tapering; I know most runners do not. However, I know it is necessary for my muscles and my body. I WILL resist the call of this gorgeous day.
|Know how hard it is to resist? This|
is a day that is MADE for running!
Have you ever successfully trained for two race distances at the same time? Do you taper for the first race and if so, how much?