The Headlands 50 is in two weeks, which means it’s time to taper. I’m not sure whether I am excited, nervous, and just feeling stupid for signing up in the first place. You can only train so much for something like this. Unlike the marathon, where you can do lots of 20 mile training runs that give you an idea of your fitness level over a 26 mile race, 50 is a huge unknown. At some point, you have to hope that some lucky genetics (how will my body respond?) comes into play. Though I guess I learned a little from the CIM2LasVegas double, which was 52 miles, but with a gap in the middle, and on level roads.
My training cycle has been good, where I have run a little over 700 miles in the past two months, or roughly 12 miles a day. I have a 78 day, 833 mile streak going, without a day off. Wahoo. Tapering usually isn’t very fun. You tend to feel slow and lethargic, and you get a little stir crazy. It’s like having your hobby taken away for a couple of weeks — but it’s the right thing to do.
On the other hand, this race is just a transition, and my more serious goal for the rest of the year is to run a personal best time at CIM in December, and this is all building toward that goal. I am also running the NYC marathon in November, but that will just be a training run.
So, bring on taper madness.