So my 50 is just 10 short days away. So if I’m not capable of running it now 10 more days will make little difference. In the 1990’s I was big into Cross country Mountain bike racing and Cyclo-Cross. Most weeks I would ride all week including a 30 mile bike commute everyday and then race most weekends. The idea of a taper never really ever appeared.
Jump in my DeLorean and 25 years later I’m into a different sport a sport that seems to put a lot of onus on the taper. So as I mentioned before I have been using Bryon Powells Relentless forward Progress as a guide to my training. My 6 weeks off due to a stress fracture and my day to day life has meant that it’s had to flow a lot. So reading many articles and advice around tapering I found this piece by Jeff Gaudette at Competitor Running about Taper Mistakes. So after much debate I decided on basically a 2 week taper this week with my mileage down from 70 miles to 50 and running 4 instead of 5 days. The runs will be a lot easier paced and some short runs (just to keep the legs turning over) and the longest being around the 15 mile mark. Next week before the Race my plan is to run about 15/20 miles early in the week (over around 3 days) and maybe fit a swim in somewhere.
If this is the best way to do it remains up in the air but I can only do what I have done for the rest of my preparation go on a mixture of advice, feel and what fits in with my life. Post the event no matter how I do I’m going to write some evaluation of my training about what worked and what didn’t.
What this taper does though is give me a bit more time to put the series of posts together describing and showing you the course. So keep an eye out over the next few days.