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.