Tapering! Tapering!! I got a full dose of the the tapering crazies this week. I know it’s always bad, but knowing that and experiencing it are two different things. Fortunately work was really busy, so I didn’t have a ton of free time to dwell on my left hamstring which is unexpectedly sore at certain angles or my right ankle which is also being weird, or the fact that I feel slow, tired, etc. etc. etc. EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE.
Sunday (5/17): Sunday was the day my work team had planned to run the Rock-n-Roll Portland 10k. Though the timing was not ideal for me (due to tapering for my 50k on Monday),I knew I wanted to participate, so I decided to not-race the race (reference the most recent friday5. . .). This started out great. I biked to the start, wore training shoes and a t-shirt/tights, started midway back in the first wave and went out at a nice conservative pace. It felt great. And it worked really well until I started gaining on the woman in front of me (around mile 2.5). I’ve found that it’s hard to keep up momentum when people are passing you. And it’s equally hard to run conservatively when you’re gaining on people. At this point in the race I definitely started pushing a bit harder. I passed one, two, three women (and a few men) and then hit an out and back section at mile four and saw that I was currently the fifth woman back. I reeled in the fourth woman over the next mile and noticed that I was actually gaining on the third woman (who had been WAY FAR in front of me earlier in the race). With only 800 meters to go, I did not catch her, but it was a fun race, it felt great to negative split, I ran fairly conservatively and didn’t injure myself and I ran a PR (40:38). All over a positive experience! Run: 7.5 miles (with 10k in 40:38)
Monday (5/18): Run: 7.5 miles
Tuesday (5/19): Independent taper run. Run: 5 miles
Wednesday (5/20): Not-so-tapery taper run with friends. Run: 6.5 miles
Thursday (5/21): Rest Day. Went to a PT appointment and was told to stop freaking out because I am fine and am just crazy and feeling “potentially maybe injured” because of the taper.
Friday (5/22): Have I mentioned my job is the best? We have summer hours starting this week where we can leave at noon on Fridays if we’re done with our work. Unfortunately I was not done with my work by noon, but I got A LOT done with the office totally cleared out (and it was raining anyway so I wasn’t missing out on nice summery weather). Run: 5.5 miles
Saturday (5/23): Rest Day.
Run: 32 miles