Week13 of my marathon training: taper week. The aim is to keep active, but cut back on exercise. Increase water and carb intake and increase sleep if possible.
Perhaps this is too much planning…but here is the plan for this week… it includes Exercise (run / spin), Food (grams of carbs) and Sleep.
Excercise: I’ve already decided I’m not going to run tonight after yesterdays long walk… I’ll maybe do a run each morning this week, perhaps not on Friday. They say to cut back on cross training so no circuits or swimming, and just one double session of spinfit for the fun of it. 😉
Food: The aim is to eat 5g of carbs per kg of bodyweight (285g) for the first 3 days, then increase it to 10g of carbs per kg of body weight (570g) for Thursday, Friday, Saturday. That’s a hell of a lot of food! I’ll see how I get on with it.
Sleep: from 8-11 hours of sleep per night. Increasing the amount of sleep I get each night before the big day. I don’t think I’ll be able to get to sleep by 8pm the night before the marathon, but at least if I set myself an early time goal, I might be in bed by 9pm maybe?! I found in training that if I got more sleep before a long run I felt better durnig and after the long run, so hopefully I’ll be able to build up for the marathon with plenty of rest!