Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to post about bad training runs and feeling CRAPPY during taper week.
The last two weeks, I have done my mid-week 10 miler feeling like absolute garbage. The first one felt like I was working really hard for what should be a comfortable pace for me. The second one I woke up with tummy troubles and knew it was going to be a bad run. Yes, it is possible my bad attitude caused a self fulfilling prophecy HA! Still. Both made me doubt my ability as a runner and as someone who enjoys running and racing. Why am I doing this? I’m in terrible shape and not prepared.
Steps 1, 2, and 3. Stop the negative self talk. You have been training (presumably) for 8-16 weeks and you are FINE. You deposited all your miles in the bank and now is time to cash them out. You really have to play mind games with yourself. You can also do a work out you KNOW you will nail. That will build your confidence. If mile repeats are something you are good at, for example, do those. Yasso 800 are my favorite.
This might also happen during your taper week. Taper week is time to slow down, decrease mileage, and take it easy. You are going to feel fluffy and slow and BLEH. And that’s ok. Try to be nice to your friends and family anyway.
I’ve done a post before about taper week before, but when you’ve had bad training runs leading up to taper week, it is particularly difficult. Ideally, you are so tired from peak weak, work, life, etc – you are begging for the taper. Sometimes training doesn’t go the way we would hope and you aren’t feeling super confident. Fake it until you make it and you will be ok!
I hope everyone enjoys their runs and racing this weekend!