Ahh, the tapering runner! I’m so grateful it’s only 2 weeks to the London Marathon.
While the miles are down, my legs feel heavy and unresponsive and I’ve got too much time on my hands and way too much energy to know what to do with. Slight irritations are turning into major ones.
I’m stuck in sucky thought loops that go something like this ‘This is going to be a disaster…I’m so unfit…I’ll never finish…Nooooo…’ Maranoia hasn’t hit yet so that’s something to look forward to.
There is nothing rational about this but it is very normal. So OK, my last long run, while fab because I had company for the first 14 miles, then turned sucky when I was on my own. On my way home with heavy legs I did come across a pheasant – the first one I’ve seen wandering the streets of Southeast London – it provided a great distraction for a moment or two.
On dealing with a shitty final LSR, I have to remember that the week before I did a pretty good 20 miler and this was on top of quite a few miles during that week. I also have to remember that while I’ve been running for a few years, running really took a backseat last year. Parkrun on New Year’s Day seemed a long way!
As suggested at the session I went to on tapering at Run and Become, it’s time for some distraction activities. I’m meeting friends for lunch, going to some talks (I’m a geek at heart and a good talk makes me very happy), blogging and kicking off a few web based projects that have nothing to do with running!
Here’s to a less grumpy post next week!
Saturday – 18.4 miles LSR. The first 15 miles or so was fine and then my lower legs decided to have a hissy fit. I think it could just be a case of building up the miles over the last few months.
Sunday – wandered about, core and rolling
Tuesday – core and rolling and a pilates class
Thursday – core and rolling and some light weights; had the grumps as waiting for a delivery that never showed!
Friday -5.3 miles – happy with this. My pace was much more even and was also feeling quite strong! Core and rolling
Total – 29.2 miles
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