Friday, May 6, 2011

Tapering...  Wow.

I feel like I'm losing fitness, badly.  I feel like I'm sitting around getting fat.  I feel lazy and like I'm going a little stir-crazy.  I know tapering is what you're supposed to do or whatever, but it's killing me.  And strangely, I probably could be running a little more than I am now, even, but also this part of me is just like "ehhh ... do I really wanna put on running clothes and take a second shower just to go run 4 miles? is it even worth it?"  It's harder to get motivated for short runs, yet ironically at the same time I'm all "omg I miss running!!! wtf do i do with myself??"  An odd quandry.

One more week of this.  Race is coming fast... I hope I'm ready!


  1. Tapering is all in your head. :) (I only say this because I didn't even taper for my last marathon -- okay, so I didn't even follow the whole training program). Oh well. Stay strong!!! Your race will be here before you know it, all those jitters will turn into speed on race day!

  2. Yeah, I've got a half next weekend (and I'm sort of tapering. Dropping mileage from around 40ish to around low 30s) and then the marathon is in less than a month! It's going to be rough! I'm used to that 35-40 miles worth of calorie burn. I always feel like I'm getting fat and lazy, too.

    I think I'm going to keep the mileage around 25-30 until the weeks immediately before. Then drop to 20 and then the barely anything week of race mileage.

    Good luck! You'll do great! I forgot your race was later than mine for some reason. Dur.

  3. If you don't want to put on your running gear then that is a sure sign that you need this taper! You know that this happens to people. Just ride it out, and look forward to the renewed energy on race day. You should be dying to lace up your shoes and run by then :)