Tuesday, April 26, 2005

How Do You Define Tapering?

Tonight is an easy 14K/8.7M run on the plan. Saturday is my last long run for the training cycle, 32K/20M. I’m not to worried about it, I pretty much know the pace I need to run (learned the hard way) and only need to make the necessary dietary and fluid preparations.
Then its taper time!

And herein lies the problem, how much should I run during the last three weeks before the marathon? Here is my interpretation of tapering:

Third week out: 2 x 14K/8.7M, 1 x 8.88889K/5.5M (Baden Mile Run)
Second week out: 1 x 14K, 2 x 8K/5M
Last week: 2 x 8K

I will also throw in a couple half-hour walks during lunch and daily stretching to keep the joints from rusting.

Do you think all of this is too much or too little?

I'll leave the advice to the experts...but I do know I am so enjoying reading your posts about the process. I am almost as excited about your run as YOU are!
Ditto what Susan said. Haven't done the full one yet and the half marathon have just small taper at the end. Have you looked at Hal Higdon's plans to see how he sets up the taper?
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