Catnip’s Taper Logs – 4.17 & 4.24.16

gcm bibSeems like I always struggle once I hit taper. I know most runners struggle with cutting back mileage , but I’m sort of the opposite: I cut planned mileage wildly and skip runs for crappy reasons. I even dropped the ball on two weeks of training logs! I do think this lax approach probably negatively affected my marathon and in the future I’d like to experiment with a shorter taper and more consistency.

Week ending 4.17.16:

Monday: 3 miles @ 8:44 average after waking up at 1 am and staying awake the rest of the night. Got into the shower with my socks still on. Came back with a solid 20 minute tempo averaging 6:03 in the evening (5 mi with warmup and cooldown).

Tuesday: Off. Friend in town!

Wednesday: Could have squeezed in a run, but didn’t. Ugh.

Thursday: 4.5 @ 7:21 average including 10x 1 min hard/1 min jog. Paces progressed from 10.3 – 11.2 mph. I was scared to run that fast on the treadmill but I stayed on.

Friday: 3.8 @ 8:26 pretty late in the evening. Cut significantly from scheduled 7. Stressful day and that was the only time to get any miles.

Saturday: 9 mi @ 8:12 average. Came down with some serious congestion.

Sunday: 7 mi @ 7:56 including 4x 1 min hard. Still congested, but running helps clear it up.

Week ending 4.24.16:

Monday: 3.7 @ 8:29 in the evening. Still congested. Also, my office was so hot I sweat through a t-shirt. Overall, felt pretty rough today! The only good thing was getting my period – glad to have it come before the marathon (and maybe explain some of last week’s sluggishness).

Tuesday: 5 mi @ 8:27

Wednesday: planned off

Thursday: 4.1 miles, no pace noted.

Friday: 3 miles in Toledo.

Saturday: 1 mile out and back on the last part of the Glass City course. Excited!

Sunday: 26.2 @ 6:59. 3:03:07, 3rd place.

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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