Its hard to believe but I’m on my taper week before the Preston Guild half marathon next Sunday!
After reading up on how to taper I read lots of contradictory advice about frequency and mileage. In the end, I decided on three runs, reducing the mileage on each one, with the last run on Thursday. That will leave me with two full days rest before the race. My taper looks like this;
Sunday, 8 miles.8.78 miles in 1:34
- Tuesday, 4 miles
- Thursday, 2 miles.
I pick up my race number and timing chip the day before at the expo, which should give me the chance to start soaking up some of the atmosphere. The race is the culmination of The Preston Guild, the only Guild still celebrated in the UK. Held only once every 20 years, so if I run in the next Guild race I’ll be doing well!
The race information arrived with this nugget of information.
The course cannot be described as hilly; however, there are a number of ‘undulations’ that will test you…
To be honest, I was a bit worried when I read that. Then I thought about all the miles I’ve put in over the last 20 weeks specifically for this event which made me feel better.
I did my first taper run yesterday which went well, blue skies and even a bit of sunshine for a change. I did arrive home with a blister between my toes, which was a first. I’ve also got a bit of runners nipple after last weeks long run. Two things I need to get sorted before the race.
So there’s nothing else I can do now but keep my legs moving ready for the big day. In the words of the Pointer Sisters, I’m so excited!