I’m not really sure if I’m officially *mad* yet.  Yesterday at work, I was just restless, sending my coach links for him to read:  The LAMarathon Course, Pacetats, LAMarathon activities, etc. etc.  Poor guy.  He has no idea who he’s dealing with in terms of my psyche.  So, today, he suggested I use my time to write it ON MY BLOG. 

I went to the WordPress search engine, and typed in “Taper Madness”, and went to the first ten blogs where it was mentioned.  It was a great activity, because I got to read other runners’ taper story, and learned a lot too.  So, here are those blogs, and lifted text from each of them.  I commented on each blog, and have found some great new reads.

What I really loved was looking at peoples’ tag lines, and they are underlined.

Mine is in the upper right hand corner: 

 If not now, When? 

So, here they are.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, and know that Taper Madness is NORMAL.

Go Erin Go New mother, runner/marathoner, financial analyst, and a sous chef’s wife. This is my life

We have selective memory and tend to block out the unpleasant parts of marathon training; quite like how I’ve heard women who’ve gone through labor and delivery some how block out the memory of the pain and have another child.

Fit Artist She’s an artist, she’s fit, she’s the FitArtist! Watch her go! 

As your training decreases, you start to panic and imagine you are not fit enough, so think it might be a good idea to add in more runs or start running faster, but at this stage, there is no way you are going to get any fitter and should just enjoy the ‘rest’!

Run, Bake, Read  And I work and watch tv and waste time in numerous ways…

Basically, you’ve spent MONTHS training SUPER hard for something. You put in a ton of miles every week and forget what it’s like to walk without wincing in pain. And then it’s time for the taper, and you’re not quite sure what to do with this free time, and you’re TOTALLY freaking out thinking ‘OMG! What if I haven’t trained enough!’

A Marathoner: 3:30 or Death. No. Other. Options.

I will say upfront that I am not very good when it comes to taper week.  I largely attribute this fact to ignorance.  Last racing season, I didn’t really understand why rest was so important before a race and how to strategize during taper week.  I’m not saying that I’m that much more knowledgeable right now, but I do have a plan this time around

Training Hard, Hardly Training  “she’s a runner, a rebel and a stunner…” red hot chili peppers

And of course taper madness me flips out, I mean I can’t leave work early 2 days in a row!!  So unfortunately I have to go mad early like before work tomorrow…but it’s just like I want this thing starting to be taken care of already!  Not much time left…On top of all this, I feel fat from the reduced mileage and from the eating more/carbo-loading.  Especially since I was bad today and had to indulge in the warm chocolate souffle

Am I Mad Yet? running with endurance the race set before me (Hebrews 12:1)

Second One Week Out taper trap that definitely applies to me:

Trap: That Sinking Feeling

Symptoms: A feeling of malaise, depression, and hopelessness, which often accompanies the physical sluggishness that intensifies at the end of a taper.

Cause: “Generally, running counters feelings of anxiety and depression,” says Hays. “So as you run less miles, bad feelings tend to crop back up and increase.”

Solution: Take a short-term approach. “You only have to get through the rest of the taper,” says Hays. Do a little low-impact and low-intensity cross-training–like pool running–to generate the good feelings you normally get from running. Also, use your downtime to focus on other things that bring pleasure to your life, such as listening to music, cooking, and being with family and friends. And rent some funny movies or read a few joke books to lighten your mood.

Races Like A Girl

Every stupid ache and twinge heralds pre-race injury.

Run 4 Haiti

Taper madness is still in full swing.

Amy Reinink

True to their toddler-esque name, taper tantrums led me to not only get cranky, but to act out in rebellion, staying up past midnight to watch the Yankees game and devouring two unbelievably delicious salty-oat cookies from Teaism

Navy 2009

It’s tough to cut back the mileage you have come to love and count on, especially if you are feeling really fit and really eager for race day.  But too bad!  You need to.  Running less reduces your risk of injury, gives you time to rest and recover, and allows your muscles to store carbohydrates in preparation for the big race.  There is no benefit at this point to working out super hard.  So don’t overdo it.  And don’t start doing new kinds of exercise that your body isn’t used to during the times you would have been running.  This can put new stress on your muscles and cause fatigue and soreness that will not help you on the big day.

Conversely, don’t under-do it.  Do the miles in the training log!  Maybe you are starting to max out on running, and you are looking forward to the taper as a break from running before the marathon.  It’s not a break!  You still need to keep up your fitness level.  If you cut too many miles from the schedule, you will feel deconditioned and sluggish come race day.  You have worked too hard to let it all go to pot now.

Here is my plan for this week.  I didn’t run last night, but am looking forward to tonight, and the rest of the week, ending in a Half Marathon Relay in Sacramento:

TOUGH STUFF IS OVER. Now just fine tuning!!
Monday: 1-hr walk-Done, with pictures!

Wednesday: 6-miles [1m w/u @ 10:45, 4-miles @ 9:50, 1m c/d @ 10:45 

Friday: 6-miles [Hi’s & Low’s: 1m @ 10:45, 1m @ 9:45, 1m @ 10:30, 1m @ 9:35, 1m @ 10:20, 1m @ 9:20-9:30] + CORE WORK
Saturday: 3-miles Relaxed & Easy just to stay fresh and loose

Sunday: 7-miles in the Relay
Thanks to my coach, who inspires me every day.


***By the way, go to Racevine for a big winter giveaway.  I always put my race reviews there!!***

5 thoughts on “Taper Madness X 10

  1. I don’t think I’m ever not nuts, so it’s difficult for me to tell if/when I’m in taper madness.

    Good luck to you! Just keep thinking positive. 🙂

  2. thanks for stopping by and featuring my taper madness post! i’ve found that blogging is always the perfect outlet to dealing with taper madness 🙂 good luck in LA!

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