Tapering is one of those things that everyone does but few people know why. And it frustrates most runners to have itchy feet for 2-3 weeks on top of having race anxiety.
It’s also completely necessary in order to have the best race you possibly can. When you push and push and build your training and mileage up, your body eventually needs time to rest, recover, and rebuild. This process cannot happen without rest.
But you can still do kind-of workouts during your taper. The key to tapering right is to cut down the mileage AND the speed. Here are a few workouts that are Taper Town appropriate.
- Modified Tempo Run: 2 miles up, 2 miles at goal race pace, 2 miles easy.
- Casual Yasso 800s: 2 miles up, 2-3 x 800 at goal race pace, 1 mile easy.
- Chatty Kathy Run: Grab a slower friend or someone else who’s tapering and go for a run at a conversational pace.
Tapering is a much needed break for your body. Respect it and you give yourself the best odds possible on race day. Ignore it and pay the price.
It’s your choice.
Who’s tapering for what race? Are you guys going bananas?
Now go out and run!