Race day is almost here! Ahhhhhhhhh. For some of you, you may know exactly what this feels like… for others maybe not. Here’s a quick explanation: the week before a half marathon I decrease my workouts to almost nothing. This is called a taper, because you are tapering your workout to less and less distance and intensity. This allows your muscles to repair, preparing you to be at peak performance come race day. It can also lead you to the “taper crazies” as some call it, because you are suddenly burning less calories, expending less energy and as your muscles recover and repair, you feel twinges and tightness causing you to freak out a little bit.
Below are the workouts I did over the past week:
LONG RUN day; last long run before the race – 8 miles with first half easy paced, second half pushing a bit
FroYo 5k Run/Walk with my #FitFam
Leisurely 11 mile bike ride with my #FitFam at sunset
Yoga in a.m. and hike + some running in p.m. with, you guessed it, my #FitFam
25 minutes of dancing around to my race day playlist like a fool. It was awesome. I just needed to get the heart rate up and the blood pumping.
Yoga and mediation to start the day!
Here are the previous week’s workouts for comparison.
Below is the snapshot of my Strava calendar to hold me accountable!
Here is a sample of my Be Well Fitness Log, still plugging away at it! 🙂
What do you change in your workouts when you taper for a race? Do you think you will try tapering before your next big event, if you haven’t already?
Until next week!
Trust Your Gut.