Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Tapering Anxiety

I hit the gym Tuesday morning, and then ran only one loop last night on the trails with the Trail Nerds. They had already run a "warm up" loop. The newbies and slower folks went home, so I was left with the speedy folks. I led, and we scratched out a 36:00 minute loop. (The loop is just under 5 miles on rocky and hilly trails). I didn't think I was going that fast, but was told otherwise. The last 3 miles just seemed to "flow" and I thought I could have run faster, but was holding back.

It all comes down to "tapering anxiety." I'm not running as much as I'm used to as I'm tapering for my next 100-miler, that I'll do in a week and a half. It's hard to hold back with all of the pent-up (mental & physical) energy building up in me. I just have to cool my heels and save it for race day!

Todays workout:
Back, biceps, calves, and major abs workout in the gym earlier this morning. No running.

6 comments:

Donald said...

Tapering drives me crazy, also. It's like a test of trust in your training. It sounds like you've prepared well to this point. DB

Josh said...

yes, tapering might be the hardest part of any training session in my opinion. and 36 minutes! that is fast!

Rae said...

Tapering stinks! I can't wait to read all about your 100 miler, you are going to do GREAT!

Susan said...

Tapering is hard . . . you can do it, and you'll do great at your 100 miler!

olga said...

I usually sign up for a next race during taper...it keeps me occupied. Not recommended! Read a book and sleep.

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