Journey to 100: Week 24/26 Tapering

This is part of a series of posts regarding how I am preparing, planning, and training to complete the 100 miles Ultramarathon Umstead 100: Journey to 100. For all the ultrarunning series, here is Journey to 100, last week’s post, and for additional ideas, follow the link. Training for a 100.

This week the name of the game is tapering by reducing the mileage just a tad. Believe it or not, the reduction does not mean sitting on the couch longer. Tapering this week still includes a Full marathon long-distance run. Marathon distance that I help to pace the 4:50 Tobacco Road Marathon group.


You want to once again be honest with yourself about what are the things that are working great and those things that might need minor adjustments. Not really much time left, so this weekend is the time to start all the preparations and get the checklist ready.


Re-check the checklist, the items, and the approach. Week prep, the day before prep, morning prep, event checklist, and do not forget your post-event checklist. All those lists will need to be checked for necessary minor adjustments.

Start gathering all the items you need to tackle the event. You want to have the stress now rather than closer to the event.

How is the plan going:

This week was another solid week. The workweek mileage was decent; here are some highlights,

Monday: Some minor stretches and rolling.

Tuesday: Easy short run.

Wednesday: Morning visit to the gym followed by the Wednesday InsaneRunning group run.

Thursday: Easy recovery run.

Friday: Some stretches and rolling, and most importantly, rest.

Saturday: Easy 5 miles with the InsaneRunning group.

Sunday: Fantastic run pacing the 4:50 Tobacco Road Marathon. Here is the post for the race.

This week’s actual numbers:

Week 24MonTueWedThurFriSatSunTotal
& Rolling
& Rolling
41 mile

Next Week’s Plan: Mostly enjoying the taper

Week 25MonTueWedThurFriSatSunTotal
& Rolling
336Rest 13631