The Eugene Marathon is this Sunday so that means I'm tapering, right?
Well...sorta, not really. So far I've violated a few of the biggies on Donald's tips to a terrific taper.
Lets' see, I've:
1) run longer than 15 miles,
2) run hills,
3) kept up my strength training...although I haven't done any leg work,
4) I plan to run longer than three miles during the last four days.
That said, I am taking it a lot easier this week. On Mondays I usually do a full body strength training routine. This week I skipped the lower body portion. Then yesterday I ran my normal six. This morning I would have gone out for a 10 mile run, but instead "slept in" until six and did the strength training routine (minus the legs) that I normally would do on Friday. Tomorrow I'll run my normal, hilly eight. Friday is usually more strength training, but I'll play it by ear. I may take the time for more rest or just do abs. Saturday will be rest.
Now that I think about it, I guess in the realm of ultra training, that's a serious taper. But I'm certainly not expecting to have a PR race on Sunday. That's okay. I'm viewing it as a supported training run anyway.
I've also been thinking about my strategy. I may run with my GPS to help with maintaining a steady pace. However the few times I've tried to wear it in a big race its gone all wonky on me. I wonder if there's the possibility of interference with all the other runner's gadgets. Maybe I'll try the virtual training partner just for fun. Or I may not think about my pace and just run how I feel and see what happens.
Whatever I decide, I'm certainly looking forward to running this inaugural race. (Or is it a re-inaugural?)
And meeting up with some maniacs and other running bloggers (Michelle, Eric, Rob, Darrell, etc.) is sure to be fun!