(Taper) Training Week 3

Here it is again, the weekly Training Post, courtesy of Hollie @Fueledbylolz.

This week was really hard for me. It was a major taper week so my mileage was nowhere near where it should be. Today, though, I get to go out for an HOUR! That’s a lot right now since we’re technically still “tapering” for regionals in 2 weeks. But I think he knows we all need to go blow off some steam, and he’s worried about Hurricane Sandy hitting us and having to cancel practice.

Sunday– 0 miles. I was home during this time and it’s the day that my parents and I took a 4 mile walk. I was okay with this because I was still being active. What I don’t do well with is the days where I sit on the couch and eat food all day. My stomach is a monster when I’m not running.

Monday– 5 miles plus boxes and abs. We did a nice 40 minute run followed by boxes, which are those things that you run and jump over, or alternate stepping on them. I really don’t like them but they are really beneficial to our running. Especially the one I hate the most where we do strides over them.

Tuesday– 5.5 miles plus abs and ice bath. This was a major taper day. We did 10 minutes shakeout, 15 minutes warmup, (1×1000, 8×200, 1×400, all race pace/6:30mile), then 10 minute cool down. Usually Tuesday workouts are closer to 8 miles so I almost had a conniption at this one.

Wednesday– 5 miles easy. This was literally the most PERFECT running weather day. I was so happy he let me go for a run instead of cross train. You all know how I feel about cross training by now.

Thursday- 5 miles. 10 minute shakeout, 30 minute run, 10 flying 40s (starts)

Finished off the night looking like this:

Spandex capris + compression socks=cute look for the library

Friday– 4 miles easy. Friday was a train-on-your-own day where we were supposed to go for a 30 minute run max. Of course, I wanted to finish on a whole number slash I have an obsession with not going below 4 miles at a time so I went for about 34 minutes… oops

Saturday– 10 miles, Race day. Yesterday was conferences as I talked about in my last post. We did a 10 minute shakeout, 20 minute warmup, 6K race plus strides, 25 minute cool down. Surprisingly, my legs are still in pretty good shape despite the fact that I did almost a third of my weekly mileage in one day.

Total– 35. This actually turned out to be more than I expected but it was still significantly less than what I’m used to. This coming week my mileage will increase slightly again before tapering back down again the following week. Then I’m free to do as much mileage as my heart desires (although I’ll be taking about a week off when I go home for Christmas, and possibly a few days at Thanksgiving to refresh my legs before indoor starts)

What does your weekly training look like?

Look for a post about my halloweekend this afternoon🙂

About pickyrunner

I'm Sarah, a (mostly) health-crazed 20-year old New Englander living in Baltimore. Taste buds of a 4-year old, joints of a 90 year old, brain of a chemist, appetite of a teenage boy, legs of a runner. Mindset of a Champion. Follow @pickyrunner
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8 Responses to (Taper) Training Week 3

  1. Loving the compression look! My training is prob half of that coming back, this week I have no idea what coach will get me to do, but I am excited nevertheless… even though I know I will be slow… can only get better!🙂

  2. Ps: I found you on twitter! Whooo🙂

  3. Hayley says:

    35 miles sound like a TON to me haha I was only doing 20-25 while training for my half-marathon, but that was also the most I had ever run before. Now that I’m not training for anything, I just try to exercise every day. It’s actually kind of nice not sticking to plan for a while and just doing what I feel like doing. But I miss that feeling of accomplishment associated with training and reaching a goal!

    • pickyrunner says:

      Honestly, training for something isn’t my favorite thing in the world. I’d rather be able to go out and run 10, 12, 15 miles at a time (I’m kind of weird…) without worrying about my pace or ruining the “plan” Enjoy it while you can! Although races are definitely fun to do… especially the themed ones where you dress up! I highly recommend those🙂

  4. Caitlin says:

    I know what you mean about being OK with a walk b/c it’s activity. I sitll get nervous sometimes about taking a rest day that isn’t an “active” rest day. I have learned to be ok with it with all this nausea I’ve been having. I hadn’t taken any true do-nothing rest days in awhile until that happened. But nothing has changed as a result! And you’re right on rest days I seem to be most hungry! Prob b/c my body is rebuilding!

    • pickyrunner says:

      That’s true- it probably is rebuilding! I just hate feeling sluggish when I don’t do anything, even though it is really nice to be able to sit back and relax once in awhile and have a couch day. Hurricane Sandy may make that wish come true!

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