9 Reasons Why I’m Running A Marathon Without Tapering
A few of you have asked why I’m continuing to run long runs even though the Dublin Marathon is only 2 weeks away now.
Well the answer is simple. I don’t really know what I’m doing but I’m keen to try out new things.
Plus I’m a running fucking addict and I can’t give it up. Here are 9 serious reasons as to why I’m not tapering.
- I’m not training for just one marathon – I don’t care if I’m at 100% or not for the race, this is all about improving for the future. I will chalk Dublin up as another experience. My long term plan after Vegas is to continue on with the double long runs each week and get to the point where I can run marathons and enjoy them. I want to be able to run one whenever it takes my fancy. I’m equally inspired by people like Eddie Izzard and Tony the Fridge who can just run for long distances and it’s second nature to them. I want to build endurance and worry about times second.
- I’ve tapered before and ran some of my worst races after it – I tapered for Paris and my first 2 Belfast Marathons before it and each of them were awful experiences. There’s the possibility that I tapered wrong and messed up by sitting around on the couch too much. Regardless, I can’t be fucked playing number games. I just wanna run.
- I didn’t taper for Belfast 2013 and ran easily my best race so far – I kept running up until maybe 3 days before the race itself and beat my previous best time by 15 minutes. My legs were fresh from the start too.
- I need to run at the minute as I’m quite stressed out – And for the first time in a while I’ve been enjoying my runs. I feel that I’m building up to something great again. I’m gonna run when I feel like running and rest when I wanna rest.
- If I taper I will gain weight – My eating habits at the moment are insane. I try not to think about it too much otherwise I will become depressed. I need to run to keep some sort of balance. I’ve gained 4lbs already since last month and I don’t want to do Vegas in a fucking mobility scooter.
- I’m running for a PB and with my current level of fitness I’m confident that I’ll easily break it – If I can get another PB in Vegas after Dublin then I’ll be delighted. I’m not that interested in cutting 20 minutes off each race. I run for fun, the city and the weekend away. I want to continue to do this long into the future.
- I can’t be assed playing the mind fuck percentage game in terms of tapering down mileage – What percentage of your overall mileage are you meant to run on 1st, 2nd and 3rd weeks of your taper? Does it really matter that much? I tend to obsess over these things when they typically don’t matter if you just wanna finish a race and have a good time.
- I’ve been running 40 miles a week pretty consistently all year – I think I should be OK with keeping the same sorta weekly mileage going into the last week. Resting for a few days before the race will be enough to see me through.
- I want to be an ultra runner not just a marathoner – I obviously didn’t learn from the awful rape-like experience that was my first ultramarathon. I’d love to be able to take off into the hills for 5 hours at a time and only reappear for lager and pizza. In order to get there though I’ll need to become comfortable with the marathon distance as a stepping stone.