Tuesday, June 01, 2010


Tapering for a marathon is a weird thing. After running the highest mileage week in training you start to back off of the mileage to “rest” for the marathon. In the past when I tapered I would not only run less miles but I would run them slow and easy. It made me feel lethargic during the two weeks before the marathon. I would show up to the starting line of the marathon jittery and wanting to run but I also felt lazy.

I don’t know who wrote this but a about a year ago I read that it was important to keep up the intensity during the taper even though the mileage decreases. So for the last couple of weeks I have been trying to run harder during these runs that are progressively shorter.

This morning I ran three miles. Rather than the normal taper feeling of being slow and fat I felt strong and light. My form felt good and I ran three miles in the 7 minute per mile range. I was listening to loud music and running hard and it felt good.

For me it shows how important it is to always challenge myself in some way. I challenged myself with distance for the last 16 weeks. Now I just changed the challenge from distance to intensity. Rest is good and important but when rest borders on laziness it is almost always a bad thing.

I am boarding a plane tomorrow for the cooler climates of New Zealand. Marathon day weather is predicted to be cloudy with a low temperature of 40 F and a high temperature of 53 F. - Perfect weather for running a marathon.

Run hard …


K said...

Can't wait to read your race reports! Run hard and Run Blessed!

"Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us!" Heb 12:1

Tommy said...

Thanks Karen!

Adrienne said...

Best wishes! New Zealand sounds awesome! Coach Bill has told me to do the very same thing with my Seattle taper.

Tommy said...

Thanks Adrienne!

Jakeb has taken pictures of some amazing scenery. That alone has been worth the trip. I will post some later. New Zealand has been awesome so far.