Next week is the Top of Utah Half Marathon. I know for so many runners a half marathon ain't no thang. But for me it's huge. I ran my first half ten years ago. And HATED it. HATED! I didn't want to run again after that experience. EVER. After struggling through 13.1 miles at a slow (for me) pace of 10:30 I felt defeated when I arrived at the finish line about ready to heave. I thought maybe running wasn't for me. It took years for me to realize that not all races are the same. This particular race was 100% uphill, ever-so slightly, but up hill just the same. Who does that? Who creates a race that's up hill the whole way? Needless to say, this race is no longer in existence. Also needless to say, I am exited to run a half in which the first 7 miles are downhill.
Also, in my obviously inadequate training for that first half marathon, I failed to taper, running hard (for me) up to the day of the race. I didn't understand training, thinking I just needed to run more miles. Now I get it. I've felt the results of appropriate training and learned how vital the taper is.
The idea of reducing mileage leading up to a race is a hard one for many runners to get their minds around. It can play games with your head when cutting a regular 40 mile week down to 25. But it's important to let your muscles rest, rebuild glycogen stores, and mentally reboot. I appreciate running so much more when I'm not worried about getting in all the workouts prescribed on a training schedule. By the and of most weeks I feel slow, heavy, and inflamed. At the end of a taper I feel energized, light, rested. And let me tell you, that is exactly how you want to feel going into a race.
I also have more time. And that is one thing everyone can appreciate. Am I right?
Just this morning, I took the kids to the dentist. NO CAVITIES! YAY!
Then we took a jaunt to the farmers' market
Peaches are the best this time of year. I can't wait to sink my teeth into these beauties.
Then we diverted to Fiiz for a treat because NO CAVITIES!
The Dirty Diet Dr. Pepper tasted sooo good!
And now I get to re-energize my afternoon with this routine:
I love tapering!
I'm off to Cache Valley again for the weekend where I will do just one easy run with hubby for fun!
What are you weekend plans?
What's your favorite thing to buy at the farmers' market?