This chair is not my friend

This chair is not my friend

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:

  1. After weeks of doing lots of running it feels like the running/sitting/eating equation is now all wrong.
  2. 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).
  3. Running is often what stops me from thinking/worrying too much so this equation is now all wrong too.
  4. 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.