Pre-taper Taper

Posted: 14th March 2014 by mockjogger in Training Plan
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This week my Higdon-inspired Paris Marathon training plan hit a peak 43 miles. In theory, taper starts next week giving me a three week wind-down before the race itself.

That’s what the plan said. Instead, I have been on a trip to Japan; a different location each day, with a lot of traveling between cities. Bullet trains and sushi. But no space for running shoes, no time for running and zero miles delivered. My training plan, which started so well, has hit a real stop-start phase over the last month, with muscle strains and travel interspersed with enjoyable long runs and a couple of races.

I know I can’t recover these lost training miles. Paris will be my first marathon, and tempting as it will be to try and push out a long run or two next week, I simply don’t know how my body will respond to the miles put in so far and how it will cope with 26.2 on the day. Caution is my friend here. If I lose some fitness and muscle tone through missed training, so be it. Rather that than over-train and lose stamina for the race. The plan says taper and that is what I will be doing. I’ve gone all sensiblejogger.

So this week has been a kind of pre-taper taper. I may not set any records for pace, but I am going to be a taper-meister. Hopefully that is the right call. I will find out on 6 April.

When I decided on the plan I deliberately set out to achieve two 20 mile runs before Paris. I have only managed one, but I am not too dispirited about that. The priority now is to preserve the fitness I have built and avoid injury. Allez.

Now, with some light mileage weeks ahead, I am left with one problem. What am I supposed to do with all the time I used to spend running?

No running, but a lot of "speed training" ho ho ho

No running, but a lot of “speed training” ho ho ho

This will do for starters

This will do for starters

  1. Claire says:

    Enjoy your taper and good luck with the run, do not be alarmed it you get the Taper Time blues it’s something that happens to most of us (marathon runners)

    • mockjogger says:

      Thanks Claire. No sign of taper time blues yet. I’m running with a smile on my face after the week off. Lets see how the final 20 days pan out.