Question re: doing exercise before a Half Marathon......

  • suedeheadscot

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    Oct 18, 2013 10:36 AM GMT
    So I have a half marathon on Sunday. I'm quite keen to do a boxing class on Saturday morning but I know you are meant to "taper" and rest up beforehand. How important is the "tapering"?? I feel up to it but don't want to impact on the day as I'm trying to get below 1 hour 40. Thoughts, people?
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    Oct 18, 2013 6:01 PM GMT
    I would get as much rest as possible before the race. The day prior is usually when I eat my carbs and make sure my body is ready to go. I suppose if you recover easily, it would be ok, but don't wear yourself out the day prior to the race. If I feel up to it sometimes I will do a short run at my recovery pace the day prior to a race.

    The only few times I taper before a race, usually begin at least a week prior. Tapering ensures that your body has completely recovered and that everything is healed properly. I couldn't imagine doing a marathon (or half) starting off sore because of a workout from the day prior.
  • vodka_cran

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    Oct 18, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    It would depend on a number of things. If this is your first half, then I would suggest skipping it.

    If you have run several before, and know your body can handle it, by all means do a light workout. I've done several fulls and halves, and have done everything the day before from resting completely, to taking an easy spin class, to doing a more aggressive spin class. When I set my PR, I did a light spin class the day before just to loosen up my body a bit. I purposefully held back in class, but the little bit of action helped my body. The drawback to doing upper body work is having sore muscles during the run. There is nothing worse than having shoulder/back pain from swinging your arms.

    When I did an aggressive class, I was training for a full and the race the following day was only a half that I was using as a training run. I still had a great time, but I knew my body could handle it.

    The key to whatever you do is light. Dont over do it, especially if you want to set a new PR.

    Good luck!
  • jock_n_ca

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    Oct 19, 2013 4:41 AM GMT
    If you have a goal time don't. If you're just out there runnin' for the helluva it then ok. Personally I think it's a bad idea. Good luck.
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    Oct 19, 2013 11:44 AM GMT
    It's only a half so I wouldn't sweat it too much. You know your own fitness level best though.
    I say go for it!
  • run26

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    Oct 19, 2013 1:18 PM GMT
    suedeheadscot said.... How important is the "tapering"?? I feel up to it but don't want to impact on the day as I'm trying to get below 1 hour 40. Thoughts, people?


    i've learned that the importance of tapering is that you REST the week before your race. the fact is you've done a lot of training so you can do well race day. don't throw away all the training you've done.

    not tapering / resting before your race = a crappy race day )because you're already spent before the race)

    good luck with your half marathon icon_biggrin.gif