Saturday, November 22, 2008

Taper Fun

ORN: 12.7 miles, 2:03:42, R7/W1, 9:45/mile

Many thanks for the many comments to my last post about trying to keep the same model of shoes. I see I'm not the only one who has struggled with this model switch. I've tracked down one pair already and have a line on a second. If I can get the second, I should be set through the spring marathon season. My wife is a wonderfully patient woman, as she hears such prattle and watches shoes stack up around the house. Thank you dear.

My knees/ITBs settled down nicely in short runs during the week in proper shoes. Today's schedule, two weeks out from the Memphis Marathon, called for a mere 8 miler but that sure felt wimpy. I went out thinking I'd do 10 and then pushed it to 12 and then, hey, I just kept going a while longer.

I decided to employ the taper principle of decreasing mileage but increasing the intensity. For me, that means going from my usual 5/1 run/walk ratio to a 7/1. Plus I pushed the pace of my run segments about 30 sec/mile quicker than I plan to do in Memphis (where I'll do a 3/1).

And, man, did it feel good. I felt like I was pushing it but yet it was maintainable. I didn't have a single whimper from the knees, hammies, ITBs or ankles. I felt more ready than I have for a while to take on 26.2.

I'm starting to eye the weather in Memphis for December 6. It typically runs about 12 degrees warmer than it is here in N Central Indiana. If that holds, we could have a dandy day to run. But, in any event, I'll seek to "run the best race conditions allow."

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.


Backofpack said...

I'm struggling with the whole shoe thing too. I bought a new pair of trail shoes yesterday, wore them for a five miler on pavement today. I'm going to wear them for the next three runs so hopefully they are broken in enough for the trail marathon on Friday. I wish they wouldn't mess with the shoes!!

I think you are going to do great in Memphis - all the pieces are in place, you are strong, mentally prepared, and ready to go. You'll be great!

Darrell said...

Sounds like you were having a lot of fun out there.

Also good to hear that your shoe hunt has been productive so far.

robtherunner said...

Sounds like a great run, Joe! Glad to hear you may have a line on another pair of shoes as well to get you through the spring.

Wes said...

I just heard on the news this morning that there is a serious cold front that will push through after Thanksgiving, with below normal temperatures. I hope its outta here by the time of the race. Brrrrr!!! :-)

WADDLER26.2 said...

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I thought of you as I was driving through Indiana on Rt 30. Take care!