Is six days without running during a marathon taper a bad thing?2 min read
Time will soon tell if six days without running in the week leading up to a race is a bad thing or not, but so far it doesn’t feel like it play a major role in the marathon I am running on Sunday. The week has been pretty relaxed so far and haven’t really had the race in the front of my thoughts just yet. Have been focussed on trying to get some good sleep and resting my foot, albeit with the normal demands of work, study and family life.
The good news is I haven’t eaten ice cream every night this week as I put my feet up and haven’t put on any weight. Resting has meant I will be very fresh for the race on Sunday but possibly slightly under done. Six days off running hasn’t sapped my confidence, still feel I’ve done the long training beforehand to put me in a good position as the race unfolds.
Six days off running has let my troublesome foot heal, there is now no pain in the foot. This is important for confidence as much as anything. I never really felt like the foot was going to stop me running or hinder the race in any way but decided to play it safe and minimise the risk of going into long race with pain. Marathons a tough enough without having other problems to hinder your race.
Overall I don’t think six days off running will have any effect on my race, it won’t be an excuse if the distance and terrain win the day. Looking forward to having a small run tomorrow morning and testing the foot and sharpening myself up before Sunday.
Weather forecast is for hot weather here on Sunday with a maximum of 33C/90F. This could cause problems for everyone as the race is scheduled just after the end of winter and certainly all of my running for this race has been in cooler weather. Heat also brings the snakes into play on the trails as they love to come out when the heat comes out. No point in worrying about the uncontrollables though.
Looking forward to the challenge on Sunday.
Photos are all from on the course of the Beach to Brother Marathon
11 thoughts on “Is six days without running during a marathon taper a bad thing?”
The uncertainty is a mental obstacle of course, but if you took care of yourself during your time off I think you’ll do fine. Just focus on the fact that you have fresh legs and that you know what needs to be done to finish this marathon well. Best of luck to you!
Thanks Ralph, looking forward to the race now
Are the photos where your race is going to be? It’s beautiful! Reminds me of a coastal marathon I ran once! Though it was an out-n-back (read: rough) I loved running along side the ocean! Good luck in your race. I’m sure it will go great!
Yes, the photos are all from spots on the course
I think that it is better to fully heal than to run and risk a second injury.
Thanks. Certainly agree
Doubt it will affect your race at all, may even help. Good,luck with the race… and the snakes!
I’m sure you’ll be fine Tony, nice & fresh for the big day. Sounds like a hit one though – I don’t think we’ve had a day that warm in Scotland for a few years!!
Thanks mate. Good luck for your race on the weekend too. I’m sure you’ll have a great race
Good luck tomorrow ?