|Finishing up my last double-digit run last weekend|
2. Everything starts feeling easier: Earlier this week, I planned a progression run and found myself running my last mile at 8:20 pace. For my current paces and training level, I might as well be breaking the sound barrier. When I cut back on mileage at the end of a training cycle, I find my speed and love the fresh feeling that my legs seem to have.
3. More time: While being in a funemployed status makes this somewhat of a moot point, I enjoy having more time on the weekends for chores, activities, and time with my husband and friends.
4. Focusing on me: The taper is a great time to really focus intently on nutrition, sleep, and hydration. I've been bringing a tumbler filled with ice water for whenever I head out to do errands. And despite not having a good reason (like a day job) for waking up early, I'm maintaining my same bedtime and wake up routine. And actually, I've been going to bed a bit earlier which is helpful for getting in the habit of an earlier bedtime for race week.
5. Race day is nearing: Duh! Nothing signals race day more clearly than taper time. I've been enjoying rereading many of my past Marine Corps Marathon posts and reviewing all of the race prep news from Marine Corps Marathon and Team Fisher House.
So how do you feel about tapering? Love it or hate it?
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