I will discuss each goal in separate entries with the last goal being the traditional race report.
- Evaluate a "no taper & short rest" for an open-26.2 race effort
|8 Weekly Average Run Volume Followed by 1 Recovery Week and Race Day|
I've ran three open-26.2s. The first with a traditional 3 week taper, then a 2 week taper, and now a single rest week. The races were all within the last 11 months, and the results were at what I consider best performance for that day. My intention is to describe how the short rest effected me as compared to the traditional taper. I will divide my perception of the short rest's effect into 3 sections: Pre-race, 1-23 miles, and the last 5k.
My typical pre-race mentality is that of a caged beast. Mid-taper, I begin to feel strong and focused. I become mentally excited about the race and welcome the challenge ahead. The one week rest left a large psychological deficit going into race day, I was neither tired nor prepared. Rather, I was "meh" and was faced with a lack of confidence in my ability to perform to my potential irrespective of my goal.
|Please, no "woo-hoo'ing" early in the race.|
|Couldn't be happier to finish the 5k |
with a little 23.1 mile warm up.
The next post will address my Run/Walk race strategy for an open-26.2 race effort.