My next ultra, Hardmoors 55, is now less than 2 weeks away and I have officially started my taper. It’s never an easy time as I enjoy running hard and feeling that sense of pushing myself but I know it’s important to allow the body to recover from the training and get to the start line as fresh as possible.
I have been doing the Jantastic Challenge over the last few months and I have set myself the target of 5 runs per week. I have achieved that for the last 10 weeks and was trying to see how could I fit in 5 runs each week for the final two weeks.
I like to run every other day during a two week taper so I was thinking I could do 2 small runs on two days to keep my Jantastic going then suddenly last night I thought what’s more important? Tapering properly or running 5 times just to improve my Jantastic score!
Jantastic does allow you to use a joker so I’ll do that instead!! I lost 1% by being 9 seconds under my target time for my 6 mile run so I can’t achieve 100% anyway!!
For me the key thing about the taper is trusting that I’ve done the training and making sure I don’t do anything silly in the last few days before the race. I know I can’t improve my fitness but I could harm it by running too hard and not having time to recover.
So tonight Katrina & I ran our 6mile loop nice and easy. Katrina has a 22 mile training run on Saturday in preparation for her Greater Manchester Marathon so she is getting ready for that.
Thomas took some great photos during our run on Saturday so I thought I’d post them here in case you didn’t see them on Facebook ….
This one was taken just before we turned to run back. Note how we are in step!!