Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics! This is an updated post from September 2019.
This week’s Tuesday Topic: How to taper for a race before going crazy? You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida! Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier! Remember to come back for later linkers!
Honestly, I don’t mind the taper. While some people get taper crazy, I actually look forward to it and love it.
What exactly is tapering before a race? Basically it means to take a break from running so your muscles could rest and recover. By doing this you will be able to be rested enough and have a successful race. Tapering usually starts 2-3 weeks before your race. Most tapers are done for a marathon but can also be done for half marathon.
During taper I may run a few days but more importantly make time to rest and sleep. When I trained using the Hansons Marathon, I was not used to running 6 days a week and was constantly tired. I welcomed with open arms when it came time to taper.
So what can you do when you have more time and energy in the weeks before your half marathon or marathon?
🏃🏽♀️ Sleep. Your body needs it.
🏃🏽♀️ Think about your goals. What are your A, B, and C goals?
🏃🏽♀️ Make a gear check list/bag and check it twice. Write it down so you have everything ready for race day. The last thing you want to happen is to arrive at your race and find out you forgot your gels, sunglasses, or socks.
🏃🏽♀️ Finalize your fuel and hydration. Will you be bringing your own or use what is provided on the course?
🏃🏽♀️ Reflect on your training. You worked hard in the weeks/months prior to your race. Perhaps you wrote about it in a blog or journal. Reading about it will get you more excited knowing you went through weeks of long runs, waking up early, and dealing with the hot/cold weather.
🏃🏽♀️ Eat better/healthy. While it is tempting to eat all of the food, it isnt’ a good idea. Drink plenty of water and eat meals that have good carbohydrate to help store fuel for race day.
🏃🏽♀️ Read a book. Grab a glass of water, sit on the sofa, and relax with your book. Or a movie will be ideal too.
🏃🏽♀️ Meet up with friends. Many of them probably haven’t seen you for weeks since you’ve been training hard for your race. Use that time to catch up with them, laugh, and to have a good time.