could someone help please?
i have my first half a week on sunday and pretty much understand the reasoning behind tapering but whilst cutting back the mileage i was still hoping to do some cross-training instead; would this be counter-productive?
in particular, i was looking at maybe 2 extra 40 minute sessions on the eliptical cross-trainer thingy which is non-weight bearing and never leaves my legs in pieces like a long run or quality session.
is that something you usually do?
fair point mr. guy,
but what if the x-training doesn't unduly fatigue you and you (correct me if i'm wrong here) replenish glycogen reserves adequately (high carb intake??) would that make such a difference in a 90ish minute race?
i completely understand the logic over the full marathon distance but welcome any opinions on the shorter stuff-feel free, anyone, to blind me with science!!
Actully I agree you don't need to worry about your glycogen store. I think doing your regular X training routine would probably be fine but doing extra stirkes me as counter productive. It will tire you out more than not doing anything! I guess the question is what are you trying to achive with the extra sessions?
As CE says many people don't taper for a half. CE's proposed shedual looks pretty sensible for the last few days.
just trying to maintain fitness really as my taper week will be something like 3 runs inc. 3 @ hmp, 6 x 400's @ 10k pace and an easy 4 or 5 miler as per pponline's half-marathon and tapering guidelines.
have been doing approx. 40 miles per week inc some x-training and thought a couple of sessions extra to above might be beneficial- i was just a bit confused after trawling the web and not finding anything concrete with regards to my original question.
thanks for your help.
You can burn more calories in a given time on an elliptical than you can running. Don't under-estimate them! They're not running-specific, so I see little point in using one for a taper. Personally, if I were on a taper for a 1/2, I would do a lot of brief, but quite fast drills and strides. Not enough to deplete or strain anything, but enough to keep you in the mindset of running and psyched up.
Ellipticals are great for maintaining fitness when you've got an injury. I used one last year for a month during a ham pull and instantly set a 5k PB the next week. I got up to 1008 Kcal in 45 mins. People at the gym accused me of wearing the machine out. They're great for general cardio, but of limited value during a taper IMHO.
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