Day 275 – 279 – Tapering BeginsMarch 31st, 2014 by David
So here we are, 2 weeks away from the event I have been training so hard for over the last 9 months, I am now in the tapering phase which means I am reducing the distance covered and making sure that my body is ready for the challenge of the big day. The furthest I have run so far has been 17 miles and I was ruined after it so the thought of covering 26.2 miles is daunting! After last week’s abortive run, I was feeling really rough all week and on top of this I have got the client in which has meant that I am under a lot of stress and pressure with no chance to escape to the gym.
I managed to free up some time on Thursday to hit the treadmill and I knocked out 5 miles in a respectable time, I was struggling with the compartment syndrome in my shins but that wore off enough for me to complete my run. On Saturday I was scheduled to run 9 miles but after last week’s efforts I decided to push it up to 12 miles.
I set the alarm for 5:30 am on Saturday morning; I was planning on jumping out of bed, eating my breakfast, stretching and then hitting the road. That didn’t happen; I rolled over and turned off the alarm. I just couldn’t face it, after the week I had at work and with the late nights and long hours my body was screaming out for some rest. I decided to have that and eventually by mid-morning I got up and started to prepare for my run. I began by walking briskly to work out the time it takes for me to cover a mile when I am not running to try and calculate the worst case scenario time. I went back to run in Almaty’s Botanical Gardens, I started off slowly and got into a good pace, it was tough work climbing the hills but running back down them was certainly a lot easier and allowed me to catch my breath. I had 12 miles in my mind to cover and as I pushed on I was feeling comfortable. My shins were sore at the beginning but I ran through that and felt good, I ended up covering just over 13 miles. I know that I can reach the halfway point in the marathon so I need to make sure that I remain well hydrate and fuelled so that I can cover the other 13. I am not as prepared as I want to be but I am confident that I will get to the finish line.