Momentum Monday: The Terrible Taper
I hope you all had a fantastic long weekend and a wonderful Easter. I purposefully did not plan much because of the crazy March that I had and used it as a giant reset button. I did ALL the sleeping this weekend and it was wonderful. Saturday night, I logged a solid 12 hours and I felt just so good on Sunday.
I was able to spend some quality time with family and went out for dinner with a few friends, but other than that, I kept it uncharacteristically introverted and spent a lot of time cleaning, reading and drinking Easter Egg Frappuchinos at Starbucks.
Another thing on my agenda this weekend was my long run to cap off the week. Given last week was a 39 KM, it was a little shock to the system to only do 21 KM but I kept a steady pace despite the wind and hills (and snow?!).
One thing I have been struggling with this week is energy. It is the first week into my taper and I have never experienced this before but I was asking my coach what was happening to me.
Throughout my training cycle, I felt amazing, strong and ready to go harder in every workout that was given to me. THE SECOND my taper hit, I had the two worst workouts of 2015.
My intervals on Monday felt hard and they shouldn’t have. He kindly reminded me that I did a 39 KM two days prior so I took his advice and took two more days recovery and attacked a tempo session that should have felt easy. I probably shouldn’t have eaten dinner beforehand or had that extra tablespoon of peanut butter but hindsight is 20/20… Regardless, it was another terrible workout and I was left feeling a bit deflated. But thankfully, I have my own personal cheer squad.
What is it about a taper that completely ruined me? Well, the main issue is that I was confusing a taper with easy workouts. A taper is not easier workouts, they are just shorter workouts. Never underestimate the power of the mind. I mentally checked out a little bit because to my mind’s understanding, it was smooth sailing and an easy glide to the Boston start line.
Another thing to remember is that it can take 10-12 days to properly absorb a workout so easing up on training does not mean I will automatically feel fresh.
I will be doing quality sessions right up until I stand in that second wave, ready to race my little heart out. I mentally adjusted and my long run went much better. I am attacking the upcoming week with the idea that I am going to crush these workouts as well.
Last week’s training:
MONDAY: 13 KM intervals
TUESDAY: Easy run, 4 KM
WEDNESDAY: 30 min cycle, 30 minute weights
THURSDAY: 17 KM sub race pace run
FRIDAY: strength training
SATURDAY: 21 KM at 4:37 Km
How many of you find the taper the hardest part of the marathon cycle?
What is the best Easter treat you had this weekend?