Well, the first week of taper wasn’t pretty, at least the runs weren’t. That’s a sign to me that my body was more than ready for the taper because after two days of rest (Saturday and Sunday) I feel great.
Monday: 6 miles tempo intervals
I was going to switch today’s speedwork with Wednesday to give my legs a break after Saturday. I felt fine though, and since the combo of chill and dark is not my favorite I stuck with the plan as is. I thought the tempo intervals would be super hard after Saturday but it wasn’t, just plain old hard. 🙂 Plus, I got to watch “Christmas Invasion” aka when David Tennant took over as The Doctor.
spin class stationary bike
My legs definitely needed an easy day, thus no spin class again. I’m not sure why the pace was so much slower than last week. I had to add a couple minutes to get to 10 miles.
Wednesday: 6 miles regular run
My knee took even longer to “warm up” today. I’m pretty sure it’s an IT band thing so I made sure to foam roll that specifically when I got back. During the first 3 or 4 miles I was so mentally over this run. When I picked up speed in the last two miles everything felt wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Maybe I should try running faster.
Thursday: 5 miles regular run
I decided to run faster to start with which probably helped my knee “warm up” faster. I finished strong and wanted to run more. (It was so hard to talk myself out of tacking on “just a little bit more” before I turned around and headed back.) Must stick to the taper!
stationary bike 8 miles long run
My legs were not happy with me for running 3 days in a row. (It had to be done though. There’s no way I was getting up and trying to squeeze it in before getting down to Flour Field to volunteer by 7am, Saturday) My head was a mess during the run too. I made sure to keep it slow though. I’m supposed to be tapering after all. Here’s the funny thing, once I finished and was walking to my car I experienced runner’s amnesia aka thinking that the run was amazing and wanting to start again.
Saturday: volunteering at Spinx
Best non-long run Saturday, ever.
8 miles long run rest
After volunteering yesterday, watching Ironman World Championships 2012 coverage and two days rest I feel fantastic. I’m counting on that to last until Saturday. 🙂