Sunday, April 25, 2010
Marathon Training Program: Week 17 - Taper Week 2 - One More Week!
(Graphic from my page at dailymile.com. The mileage in the graphic includes both running and cycling miles.)
On my first taper week, I took advantage of the additional energy from reduced mileage to experiment with pace a little, and pushed it a little hard on a couple of runs, finding speed I'd never experienced before. Taper is all about recovery for the race, so I approached the second taper week more cautiously. I still ran a little over my anticipated race pace, but kept the pace at a comfortable level without pushing it.
This week, I concentrated on stride and rhythm, trying to maintain a smooth, efficient flow. My approach to these runs was to start easy, run the middle miles nice and steady, and to finish a little quicker. This week, I timed my splits to get a better feel for the flow of each run.
I continued to add some cycling miles for cross-training, but fewer miles than previous weeks. Weekly totals: 26 miles running, 13.2 miles cycling, 39.2 miles total, plus three weights workouts and two core workouts: