September 25, 2010

The Big Taper

So Taperingsnuck up on me.  Here is where you feel like you did everything wrong, like you are now coasting, where you start to get nervous, where you wonder where all the time went!  I am hoping for a sub 330 time.  I recently blogged that I may even break the Boston Marathon qualifying time.  My mistake, I think I was looking at the wrong sex or something, because i would have to shave off 15 minutes off my best time of my long run to accomplish that.  Unlikely.  O well, what was I expecting??? My age bracket for that would be 3:15.
I will be running for 40 % of my longest run this week, and then I will be in full rest!  Crazy.  Any advice for this taper from the experienced marathoners.  One thing I am nervous about is that last year, there was a cold snap for my half, and i got too cold to wear what i usually wore.  If i have to wear long sleeved, it will not be good as I will probably chaff!  Hmmm.
Also, an update on my arse (gluteus minimus), it is going well.  I used my foam roller after my last long run as I felt it tightening up.  It felt better after , with some stretching.  Seems my running technique having changed ( I am using shorter strides when i accelerate more often) has helped ward off this problem for the summer!

6 comments:

Kenley said...

- The hard work is done... or is it?

- For most of us 'taper time' can be the toughest of all the training weeks as we fight with the negative feelings associated with reduced mileage and the increase in available time in which to eat naughty food or fall off the garden shed and break a leg! In this week's Training Talk we cover the key aspects required to arrive on the start line of your 'A' race in tip top shape. Hey man, go check out http://www.marathontalk.com/archive/2010/3/30/episode-12-noel-thatcher.html In this episode, they discuss the big "tapering". Hope this helps. Im not an experienced marathoner, but thought I would provide you with resources.

Chad said...

cool is that your podcast?

Kenley said...

Haha, I wish it were mine, but not. 2 guys from UK. Martin Yelling, spouse of Liz Yelling, and Tom Williams. Really good stuff there and very informative. I had it posted on my site some times here and there.

Chad said...

ya i just took some of it in. THanks!

The Thief/Rev. Run said...

I'm shooting for 3:34 and just started my taper. If I can run as well as I did Friday, I could crawl the last 6.2 and still PR...

As for the chafing, cover yourself in Body Glide. The stuff is amazing.

Chad said...

well i looks like we would be near the same pace then! I consider it an honor!
Today was my last long one for the taper start!