Just over a week ago, I ran the Hellbender 100 mile ultramarathon.
Now, I could talk for hours about the race experience, but today, I want to focus on the days leading up to the race.
The two weeks when everything begins to shift from build-up to wind-down.
It’s called tapering. And if you’ve followed any sort of training plan for a longer distance race, chances are you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Tapering seems like an easy enough concept — reduce your training to rest up for race day.
And at its core, that’s all it is. But like with anything in running, dig a little deeper and you discover there’s a way you can do it that will maximize its effects and leave you better prepared for race day.
Then, I get to eat vegan pizza and drink beer for two weeks straight-type of expectations.
So before I get into what a proper taper should look like, let’s go ahead and get this out of the way…(more…)