The race “taper” may be necessary for a variety of reasons – you’re going long (26.2) and the legs need to rest; you’re aiming for a PR and want to be fresh; you’re aiming to avoid injury and don’t want the weekly mileage up too high; you have a race coming up, so all of the above are relevant!
I’m not aiming for any record-breaking speed on Saturday, but it’d be nice to know the legs have been prepared for the race. So, sure, I’m tapering. It’s an effort not to double-dose (run now and enjoy the sites, run later with friends and enjoy the company!), but my mind tells me Saturday is waiting for fresh muscles and rested feet.
This taper week has consisted of the following, and I’ll happily substitute walk-touring DC for any cross-training this time around!
4 miles, “easy” on Monday morning
6 miles, “touring” on Tuesday Night
I ran down to Kate, and she ran me around the Capitol and to the monument!
Walking around this city, all day, Wednesday
Run, done! Exploration, ongoing…