“Take me in, and throw out my heart, and get a new one.”-Ellie Goulding
Good morning, Monday! Please excuse my obnoxiously sunny mood, despite the rainy Philly weather. If it were any other Monday, I’d probably be a crab, but this weekend was pretty freakin’ fantastic. And to top it all off: it’s race week!! The tapering and carb depleting has officially started. Here’s what my tapering week looks like:
- Monday: 4 miles
- Tuesday: 3 miles
- Wednesday: 4 miles
- Thursday: 30 minute tempo run
- Friday: 1-2 miles
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: Race day!
So what’s tapering and why is it so important? Well, easing up on your workouts a week or two before a race is just as important as all the training workouts. Tapering keeps our muscles rested and fueled and reduces the fatigue we get from all the lactic acid build-up. The hardest part about tapering is that I hate resting. I’m used to working out twice a day, so when I’m cutting back to only once, and not logging nearly as many miles, it makes me feel sluggish. I know it’s all going to pay off on Sunday, but this week is going to be more mentally tough than physically challenging. But let’s keep those positive vibes coming!