Taper defined by Runner’s World😕 Runners usually cut back mileage (or taper) one day to three weeks (depending on race distance) before a big race. Tapering helps muscles rest so that they are ready for peak performance on race day.
Who knew?? Did did you?? Come on over and read what our blogger friends have to say about the mysterious world of Tapering.
Tips for Surviving the Taper
Sooooo… yeaaahhh… about that… got any for me?
As a fairly new distance runner I’m still in survival mode.
I’m working my best to complete and not die to be honest.? I understand what tapering means in very loose terms but I have never done it.
On purpose.? Ahem.
Not running for 4 weeks between halves probably isn’t quite what is meant, right?? Looking at you, weeks between Tink and Princess Half!
I’ve often joked that I was in an unintentional taper, and hey, doesn’t that make me sound like a smart runner?
I’ve seen the posts and discussions about taper madness.? My fellow runners who are just DYING to stretch their legs and let it go but are being smart and holding back.?? I’m not sure I totally understand it all.
However, with my first marathon looming I’m giving all this more thought.
I’m really looking forward to this weeks tips so I can glean some insight for how to complete my first marathon in January.
So help me out here and answer a few questions for the clueless runner:
1.? Why do YOU taper??
2.? What do you do instead?
3.? Do you get cranky?? Hungry? What’s up with that?
4.? How long does is this taper thing supposed to last?
5.? Do you NEED to taper?? Or do you just like to taper?
6.? Don’t you worry about losing some physical/mental edge?
If you feel like answering any or all, I’m all ears!
And if you have a full blog post on the topic- go ahead and link-up.? I’ll be reading them all this week!
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)