I woke up in excruciating pain on Sunday morning, due to my legs not wanting to be a part of my body anymore and attempting to decompose right then and there. Seriously, I thought I was going to die. And then I had to do five hours of hard labor. Word to the wise, if you're training for a half or full marathon, give your body some time to rest after your long runs. Sadly, I cannot follow my own advice, because as usual I've signed myself up for a million and one things, and am not giving myself adequate time to let my muscles relax. Oh well, you live and learn.
Sunday, I also had the pleasure of being sent to a local event called Feast in the Field, where the city's best restaurants, breweries, and dessert shops delight the town in samples of the best they have to offer. Sadly, there weren't a lot of vegan/vegetarian options, so I accidentally got shitfaced. More on that once my piece for them is published.
Now I have a running question for anyone that has the magic answers. On my training plan, it says that I should run 12miles next Sunday, a week before my half marathon. But a few friends (who are fellow runners) have told me that I should taper down two weeks before the race, not one. After the way I felt on my 11mile run, I want to taper two weeks, but my training plan says one, and I don't want to go against my plan and end up shooting myself in the foot (or right hamstring).
I know I should listen to my body, but to any fellow runners, what do you suggest? Taper two weeks, or one?