Posted by: runawaynotes | November 25, 2012

“The hardest thing about tapering is holding yourself back and not doing too much”

I’ve had several of my fellow runners say this to me, and my response is “You people are crazy!” There is NO WAY that I’m going to do too much during the next two weeks of tapering. In fact, I would be perfectly happy with just sitting on the couch with my laptop and a snuggie and browsing through my blogroll. This is how burnt out I am. I’ve spent this past week trying to make up for my earlier sleep deprivation, so waking up around 11:30 has sort of become my norm. By the time I roll out of bed, the temperatures are usually in mid 60’s – low 70’s, so running just sounds like such a drag. I was supposed to do about 6 miles on Thursday, but I had absolutely zero energy, so I gave up after about 4. I’m not too worried about it though because I had my scheduled 12 mile run with my training group on a Saturday morning and I was cool as a cucumber. I think I’ve realized and accepted the fact that I’m already in the best running shape I’m going to get this training season, and now I just have to let my poor feet, knees, and hips rest and recover before the big day.

So, my plan for the next two weeks is to take it easy, run a few miles each morning before work, watch my diet (YAY, CARBS!!!!), work on my playlist, and pray for nice, crisp, dry weather on race day 🙂



  1. So smart. I think the final week of the taper is the hardest, mainly because your mind starts playing tricks on you. Don’t listen to it! Enjoy your rest and know that you’ll be ready. You’ve already done all the hard work. Keeping my fingers crossed for good weather this year!

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