Yesterday morning I got up at 4:00 to get ready to run. By 5:20 I was out the door and on the roads.
The day was already warm and the air felt a little heavier than usual, perhaps due to the cloud cover. But the clouds were starting to thin, making for a beautiful morning. The sky was full of purple and pink hues, mixed among the dark clouds that looked as if they were promising rain. The clouds worked in my favor the whole time, covering the sun so I didn’t overheat, despite the fact that there wasn’t much breeze and absolutely no rain.
I felt like I took the whole run at a pretty leisurely pace, my heart rate was pretty low and I never felt like I was pushing too hard. Overall that was an appropriate way for me to feel for a long run day, especially one week before my next race.
I’m running the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon on July 18, something I’m pretty excited about. Part of me just needs to prove to myself that I can go out and do this race by myself. I love having my friends with me in races, but I want to go do the distance at my own pace and see what I can pull off on my own.
But for now I guess I’m in the taper phase. I have to admit, I’m struggling with the idea. I know most people have a hard time tapering, I’m not alone in this phenomenon. But I’ve NEVER done a taper for a 1/2 marathon. Every half marathon I’ve done has happened during marathon training. So this is a new thing for me.
If you’ve got any taper tips for the 13.1 mile distance (or stories about your own taper madness), please share!