TaperingPosted: September 14, 2011
I hate scaling back on training but due to injury I’ve had to for the last week and a half. Which hasn’t been so bad since I’m racing on Sunday (conserving my energies).
If I hadn’t been injured I would have tapered properly in the lead up to this race. I don’t believe in tapering for all races just a few key one’s throughout the year. Otherwise I wouldn’t have time for training if I tapered for each and every single race, I’ve learnt to train through some races.
In the lead up to an important race I try and find a balance between maintaining my best possible racing fitness and resting to reduce the fatigue of training. I generally cut back on mileage, but maintain training intensity.
So that being said a Well Planned Taper Program for me looks like this :
Amount to Reduce Mileage before Race (5k-10k races)
- 3 Weeks before Race – 0%
- 2 Weeks before Race – 20%
- Race Week – 50%
Tapering for me in general allows my body to recover both physically and mentally so I can perform at 100% 🙂
Workout this Morning: 5k run + Light Weights (Shoulder Press 15 reps x2, Side Raise 15 reps x2, Bicep Curls 20 reps x2)
Some but not all of my edibles:
Halfway Through the Week Already 🙂 I’m breathing a sigh of relief already!