When I think of taper madness I think of someone needing to strap me down on a gurney so I don’t go out there and run a billion miles between now and race day
I’m not bouncing off the walls or worrying constantly. Or even obsessing over the weather. I just don’t want to stop running (but I did not run on Monday. Must have been the love from here. Or the funny texts from my friend hahah). Or stop training hard. I’m still a bit calm and collected. Even keeled so to speak. Except when it comes to figuring out what to do between the time my plane lands and when my dinner plans start on Friday. But no real freaking out over the race itself.
But I guess that taper madness is it’s own little beast. And, as it is with most neurosis, the sufferer can’t see what the problem is. So when I suggested earlier this week that my plan for RACE WEEK was to do two GMP speed workouts, The Running Laminator told me
Just looking at your scheduled runs on race week, I can already tell that the taper madness has indeed set in. Two speed workouts, at half marathon pace is a bit like taking tequila shots back to back on an empty stomach because you’re so anxious to get the party going. Haha! One speed workout, with a few miles at GMP, is probably all that is needed.
Of course, as soon as I read that, I sighed. Because that was exactly what I needed to read. Yes I still really want to do two GMP workouts but as The Peanut Gallery told me “Whisper to your tequila-laden self “less is more, less is more…”” (and girl you KNOW that I love you so TPG is a term of endearment ❤ )
That said, I still wanted to get ONE MORE GMP workout in. Or at least a semblance of it.
Taper madness? Maybe.
Given that the last time I did a quality workout was on Sunday, I’d have ideally done this workout on Wednesday. But Wednesday is a non-clinic day (aka if I want to run I have to get up before the sun) and Tuesday is a wake-up-naturally day. So today it must be because Thursday sure as heck is out. Although I will say that for all the extra sleep I’m getting I still feel tired and groggy in the mornings. I hope that I start to perk up by Sunday!
The Workout (results of)
- Warm up
- 4.4 miles @ 7:28 pace
- Warm down
While the break down of the 4.4 miles (7:38, 7:19) is a little cringe worthy, as it definitely was not even pacing or GMP if you just look at the splits individually, I am so happy that the average of this workout was for all intents and purposes (although can I PLEASE say intensive purposes?!) spot on.
I did start to beat myself up over the workout on the warm down (and semi did it too after seeing 16:48 for the first half when I knew that GMP should have been 16:30) but then I realized that I’m a progression runner. Even on my easy days I ALWAYS end up finishing a run about a minute or so per mile faster than I started. That’s just how I roll. I’d have to go back in my (hard copied) log books to see if that’s how it’s always been but I do know that the vast majority of my runs are: start slow(ish), finish hard(er).
I think it’s a good that, while the run clearly got faster and faster as the distance went on, the average pace was GMP. I’m not quite sure what that means but I’m choosing to think that it means my body knew how to get the end result and hit the goal.
I also am pleased because the effort felt the same throughout the run. Normally I’d be kicking myself because I’d think “well if the effort on the first part felt the same as the second then the first part should have been faster”or something to that effect.
Today my thoughts were that I was able to go faster and harder with an easier effort. Amazing as the last real workout before WR.
Oh and before I forget: On Monday I was also going to repeat Week 3 of my two strength challenges given that it’s race week. But I re-looked at W3D1 of the plans and thought “gee whiz that doesn’t look hard” and then looked at Week 4 and thought “I can do that”. Well I wish I had stuck to my guns because this was hard. I did them on Monday actually. Mostly because it forced me to respect the rest day I had planned but gave me something to do but also partly because I figured, with the race on Sunday and travel and whatnot, that a M/W/F challenge schedule would be prudent. I may switch back to Week 3 for the next two days of the challenge this week. We’ll see.
Pushups: 21, 25, 21, 21, 33
Situps: 32, 48, 32, 32, 50