Ahhh…the decision…to run or not to run…

I had a pretty good week last week of 69 miles.  I have been trying to get my mileage back up after a slow winter.  I usually average 70-80 mile weeks – but with alot of LSD (long slow distance).  I will talk about my thoughts on that on another day (or two).  I start my running weeks on Monday as I find that the average totals seem to not jump around so much if I race on the weekends.  I took off Monday – which is my normal day off – ran one 8.5 mile run last night with my running club, and did my usual 6 mile run with my running buddy this morning.

I am running the Antelope Island 50 Mile, my first, or 50K, if I chicken out.  So how much taper is needed for a run of this distance?  I have not been able to come to a conclusion yet.  I seem to feel sluggish with too much time off, but I always feel that it is better to go into a race well rested.  I have done quite a few runs over 26 miles – but not more than 35 miles – and have never altered my schedule, so the decision…

to run or not?