I’m currently in the grip of tapering for the SDW100 on Saturday and, as ever, I’m finding it a painful business for several reasons:
- After weeks of doing lots of running it feels like the running/sitting/eating equation is now all wrong.
- The older I get the more convinced I am that I seize up if I’m not active (I’m 41, not 80, just to be clear).
- Running is often what stops me from thinking/worrying too much so this equation is now all wrong too.
- I’ve recently become convinced that my hamstring niggle is caused not by running but by working. All week, when I’m pretty much either sat at a desk or in a car, it becomes more and more tight (but eases off when I run in the evenings). At the weekend, when I’m pretty much running, walking the dog or doing stuff all the time, it magically cures itself. Every Monday it’s fine again; by every Tuesday it’s sore again. Ellie Greenwood wrote about this phenomenon (here). So lots of working and little running this week isn’t great but hopefully a 100 mile run will cure it forever.
So I don’t like tapering but I know it’s what I need to do. My coach, Mimi Anderson, is right about everything else and, as I’ve been sticking to my plan to the letter, it’ll be a textbook taper.