taper time

With nine days (OMG SINGLE DIGITS!!!!) until I find my place in my corral at Disney’s Tower of Terror 10 Miler, it’s time for the famous taper: stepping down the intensity of training so I can go into my run with fresh legs.

Slowing down has always been a bit of a challenge for me. I don’t feel right not pushing forward, shooting for my next long run or goal. However, I am not ashamed to admit that I am in new and uncharted territory and I am just going to have to trust the program, trust the training and trust my body.

My plan for this week is already under way:

  • Monday: 3.1 miles with speed work, light weights
  • Wednesday: 4.1 miles
  • Friday: 3.1 miles, light weights
  • Saturday or Sunday : 6-6.5 miles

Next week, I am hoping for the following:

  • Monday: 3.1 miles
  • Wednesday: 4-5 miles
  • Friday: 3.1 miles
  • Saturday night: Tower of Terror 10 Miler

And then, that’s it.

So strange… I’ve been working so hard and so long for this moment, and in nine days, it’s just going to be over.

I’m glad I’ve been building up my race calendar behind it, otherwise, I think I would feel so lost.

How do you handle taper week? Is it more of a chore or a welcome relief?

Do you train for one thing at a time or do you keep your calendar full so you can get right back to training when a race ends?

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