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How long should I taper?

Monday, September 20, 2010

I have been MIA, from Spark but not from training. I have been diligently training for the Columbus marathon, and have a serious question for those who have run multiple marathons. I have run 4, but always tapered for 3 weeks.

Has anyone ever tapered for 4 weeks? I'm asking because I've done 2 twenty mile runs, Labor Day weekend and this past weekend. I am a little bit injured - don't think it's a biggie, but my right calf has been really bothering me (like I can't put weight on it). I want my calf to heal, before my race, so I"m considering a 4 week taper. I would do 15 miles this Sat., 9 next week and 6-8 the week before my race, plus my shorter weekday runs. Would that be too long for a good taper, or would it allow me to heal my leg up to have a decent marathon.

I realize that I haven't been around, and would totally understand if my Spark friends blew me off, but I am just trying for a little advice so I don't end up more seriously injured.

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    Generally, I think 4 weeks is too long- that's what the running coach told me once, but like Sharon pointed out... if you're not looking for a PR and since you are running 15 this Saturday.. you should be okay... my suggestion would probably be to skip the 15 all together and allow the leg to heal more. After all, if you run the 15, you might as well add 5 more.. at that point, the calf will be strained enough. That's my opinion. In a taper, the miles are not helping your training... only your mind. Maybe do some cross training in the meantime, take care of the calf and you'll be ready. My friend injured her knee a month before the marathon and then she didn't run fro 4 weeks- she ran an awesome race. So, that's my opinion!
    3539 days ago
    Molly, I am not a multiple marathoner, but I think your plan is OK. As long as you're not going for a PR or anything, and just looking to finish feeling good, I think you'll be fine. Especially since this will be your first post-op marathon.

    Sorry to hear that the calf is giving you trouble... enjoy the marathon!
    3539 days ago
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