Constant state of taper

I’m going to try something different this week.

For the past few half-marathons, I’ve been taking it pretty easy the week before a race.  I might do two runs, one 10k and one 20-minute easy run, 30 minutes of yoga and maybe free weights.  The week before the Oak Bay Half, I did one 30-minute run and one 20-minute.  The problem is, I’m training for a marathon, yet when I sign up for these half-marathons, I feel like I’m in a constant state of taper.  I think to myself, you have a race next week, you can take it easy… but really, I should treat these races as part of my training, since they are not my goal races. 

Or maybe I’m just using that as an excuse to be lazy?

Not this time.  I’m filling my schedule this week with normal workouts – 30-, 45-, 30-, 30-, and 20-minute runs, free weights twice this week and at least three 30-minute yoga sessions.  Friday will be my rest day.

I ran the Fort Rodd Hill Half-Marathon loop once, minus the portion down by the lighthouse.  It’s about a 10km loop, and I ran it in about 55 minutes.  Let’s see how my training schedule will affect my race on Sunday!