The Struggles of Marathon Tapering

Forget the 20-mile long runs, the intense speed workouts, the grueling tempo runs.   Tapering is the hardest part of training.  Here are 7 struggles of marathon tapering.  Trust me, there are more

 

 

First of all, when I’m tapering I have so much pent-up energy.

 

I feel like I'm going to explode if I don't go for a run!
I feel like I’m going to explode if I don’t go for a run!

 

But on the other hand, all my runs start to feel slow and lethargic.

 

Why won't my legs work?!?
Why won’t my legs work?!?

 

And don’t get me started on how annoyed I feel. Everything gets on my nerves and I can’t go out on a run to blow off the extra steam.

 

GRAWWWRRRRR
Why is everyone so much stupider when I’m tapering?

 

As a result, I become a bit snappy and my friends and family think I’m crazy.

 

All my friends think I'm a snappy lunatic, which only makes me seethe even more.
Lookout everyone, Becca’s tapering.

 

I obsessively study the course, read re-read and re-read again the marathon’s webpage, and check the weather.  Please WeatherBug, have good news for me….

 

A headwind?!? 30 degrees at race start?!?! NOOOOOO MY LIFE IS OVER
A headwind?!? 30 degrees at race start?!?! NOOOOOO MY LIFE IS OVER

 

I begin to doubt my training and start to dread race day.

 

What if I don't run well? What if I don't get my time? Maybe I should go for another run, just to make sure I still can?
What if I don’t run well? What if I don’t get my time? Maybe I should go for another run, just to make sure I still can?

 

But then I call up my running buddies and make them set me straight.

 

There's nothing like a good talking to from another runner.

 

They’ve been through the struggles of marathon tapering before and know how tough it is to not run.   It’s nice to have other runners who can put my insane tapering brain at ease.

 

The truth is,  I AM ready for this race. I’ve put in the miles, the sweat, the pain. My body is recovering in order to own the streets on race day. I need to trust in the training, take a deep breath, and get ready to kick asphalt.

 

 

 

Happy running,

Becca

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Ken
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Haha, it’s all good. Your gonna kill it in Detroit! So funny and true tho.

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