I was up for a rainy run this morning enjoying the few drizzles in my neighborhood. Temps have gotten a tad cooler around here…but as you know Texas weather is so back and forth so we should be back in the 70s before my 50k race day.
So this week is a TAPER WEEK for me as I scale back the miles a bit in preparation for Sunday’s ultra. I’m no stranger to the madness of the taper so I thought I’d give you a few tips to have in your back pocket leading up to race day. And most of all…how to stay SANE and enjoy these days of rest and recovery!
1. Enjoy the free time! Find a hammock somewhere, kick back…catch up on that novel you haven’t had much time to read. While you’re at it, throw on those compression socks and allow them to work their magic.
2. Stay low key and avoid the drama. Don’t be afraid to say ‘NO’ to people or anything that will lead to your schedule being crazy. Just always remember…this week, less is more. Don’t let your ego tell you otherwise.
3. Focus on what you CAN control. You surely cannot dictate whether it’s going to be too hot or too cold or the water stops on the course. What you can dictate is your sleep, nutrition and hydration in these last few days. Focus on those things and forget about the rest.
4. Remember these few things about the TAPER. I’m going to hang these up on my wall somewhere.
What are a few ways you survive taper madness leading up to a race?