It’s taper time! For many athletes, the cut back in volume of training to get ready for race day can be as big a challenge as training. Why is tapering important and what should you be doing during taper?
OWN YOUR OWN TRAINING
You had the best intentions when you signed up for this goal race. Maybe you were hoping the goal race would help motivate you to get in consistent training. But sometimes for whatever reason, things just don’t go to plan. What do you do these last couple of weeks of training if you’ve not been able to do as much training as you would’ve liked?
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
Ok, admit it. You’ve heard this mantra before. It bears repeating! Make sure you are drinking enough liquids when your runs will last longer than an hour. Of course we are all an experiment of one and there is a lot of variation as to what, when and how much to drink. Proper hydration will help your body perform to its potential. What should you be aiming for on your long runs?
Taking Time for Tempo
One of the most common errors that athletes make (in any sport) is doing all of their work in that moderate zone. It’s not hard but it’s not really easy either. As a coach, we want you to learn to mix up your paces and not always go out at that default moderate pace which feels normal to you. So we’ve emphasized easy pace as the best way to build general aerobic endurance which you need for a distance running event like the half marathon.
Tempo running is a great way to boost your fitness. What is a tempo run? How does this work and how do you do these workouts?