October 15, 2015

Why I love tapering

There seem to be mixed feelings on the taper for most runners. Some love it and some hate it. I happen to be in the former group. And since I'm halfway through my Marine Corps Marathon taper, I figured I would share the reasons that I LOVE TAPERING!

Finishing up my last double-digit run last weekend
1. Lower mileage: I've never been a high mileage girl. My body struggles with it and I always had a hard time making the time with my demanding job. Lower mileage just suits me.

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?
{Christine}

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15 comments:

  1. Good luck with your taper and race! I'm a 5Ker so don't really taper. Sometimes I will take it easy the week of a race (a lot of the 5Ks I run are as workouts), but that's just long enough to feel a little fresher without having a chance to change too many emotions like a 2 week marathon taper might. I guess the main thing is that it gives people more time to feel nervous, because I don't know anyone who couldn't use more time for themselves, family or to rest.

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    1. I hadn't thought about it being more time to be nervous. I usually feel my nerves the week of the race so maybe I'll be cursing the extra time next week! :)

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  2. I love it too! I used to get super nervous as marathons approached but I don't feel that way anymore! :)

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    1. I know my nerves will set in next week...and on the drive up to DC. I kind of enjoy the nerves though. They keep you sharp! :)

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  3. I love taper time, especially for the extra time that there is to do things other than running.

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    1. Yes! I feel like I'm not a real runner since I like the added time for non-running activities since so many people still hate it!

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  4. I am 100 million percent with you, for all the reasons you mentioned! I LOVE TAPERING. I'm in taper mode for NYCM now, and it's absolutely fabulous. :-D

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    1. Enjoy it! Be well through the taper and have a FANTASTIC race! :)

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  5. I love that you love it! When I am training, I don't have to taper usually quite as much as some do. But I do drop it back in mileage about 7-9 days leading into a race, and like you I enjoy just how the body feels. Rested, relaxed, those minor every day aches from being a marathon runner fade a little and I am like you, I enjoy it!

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    1. Yes! It really is great when you start to feel good physically on those runs. I learned how to taper when I was swimming actually. When we had a really great coach, he started doing more individualized tapering and because of my dense muscle fibers, I usually tapered with the guys because my body would break down a lot during the high mileage...so that's been helpful for me to understand how best to taper for running since I don't have a coach.

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  6. I get the taper crazies for fulls (not half marathons). Crazy tired, always hungry, just a nut ball.

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    1. Haha it seems that you're not alone! I know next week I'll be more nervous and the mental effects will kick in. I was a total nut job before my first marathon when there was talk of canceling MCM!

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  7. So I love tapering, physically....mentally? I hate it. I seriously do think i'm coming down with every illness in the book, feel new aches and pains. It's so psychosomatic it's crazy!! #thestruggleisreal

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    1. Don't freak out!! My IT band started getting angry last night and I had to remind myself this happens every freaking time. Just get enough sleep and you'll be ready to rock on race day! Hope I see you around over the weekend!

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  8. i am totally with you-I LOVE TO TAPER! I have more free time on the weekends and try and spend it planning for the race, and cleaning the house!

    and i also have the phantom pains-i have been working on my mental game and I have learned to call down when the phantom pains start up

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