Monday, October 24, 2011

Navigating Through Taper Week: Training Schedule 10/24 - 10/30

It's taper time! Although it's exciting to not have any double workout days and only short runs, this is by no means a week to slack off. There's still plenty of race prep that can be done before Saturday.

In addition to eating a carb-rich diet and staying hydrated, here are a few non-running things I'm doing to prepare this week:
  • Getting 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Waking up at the time I need to get up on race day
  • Limiting weight lifting/strength training
  • Cutting out alcohol, soda, artificially sweetened fruit juices, etc.
  • Eliminating fried, processed, fatty foods from my diet
As for running, my goal is to keep it light and easy, allowing my body to rest and recover before the race. The easy runs will keep my legs moving and the speedwork allows a bit of mid-week sharpening.

Here's the complete agenda:


Morning: Off
4 mile easy run


Morning: Off
Afternoon: Cross Training

Morning: Off
Afternoon: Speed workout (1 mile warm up, 1 x 800m, 2 x 400m, 1 mile cool down)


Morning: Off
Afternoon: Boot Camp Class

Morning: 4 mile easy run

Haunted Hustle Half Marathon!


What's your favorite/least favorite part of the taper period before a race?

- ST


  1. I'm running today after work, too. I need to take advantage of the nice weather before I am stuck running on a treadmill.

    Good luck on Sat!! Can't wait to hear all about it.

  2. I completely agree - after running on the treadmill last week I'm itching to run outside again. It's going to be a long winter!