This week starts a Taper Period for the Tarawera Ultra Marathon. I will cut the total miles, but not the intensity. My mind and body are both tired from the last several weeks. I am looking forward to tapering. Some people find this period to be very hard. They want to keep putting in the miles. That may work for some, but I feel that my best plan will be to get in some runs and build up my rest. Let’s see how that works…
On Monday, I was able to get a little time during midday due to the strong wind and high seas. That made our flying unacceptable, but was still plenty good for a run. I put in a medium paced 5k during the noon hour and although it was hot, the wind kept it pleasant.
Wednesday morning I started out before sunrise planning to get in about 6 miles. This was a fasted state run with only a small bottle of water. I felt good at the start so the run was changed into a tempo run. My pace was 2 minutes per mile faster than my goal pace and I held on to that for 5 miles. That was when I slowed down to a sensible pace and finished with 7.5 miles.
Thursday morning I woke up before my alarm clock because the wind was trying to blow my house down. After tying everything down tight, and putting bowls under the ceiling leaks, I returned to bed.
Friday was a moderate paced 5k run through the dark streets of Petitenget. I felt a little bit rushed and even though my heart rate stayed in the lower range, my time was 1 minute faster than last week on the same route. With work looming, that was enough.