*This is an updated post from September 2019.
Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week we have a fun topic for you! This week’s Tuesday Topic: How do you taper without going crazy? You can write about this or any running related blog post. Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post!
If you’re a runner you either love or hate the taper, there’s no in-between on this subject, LoL. I fall into the “love the taper” group of runners. Although I don’t believe any of us will be tapering for any races in the immediate future, it will be good to keep these tips in mind for when we start training for races again (maybe 2021? fingers crossed).
Why do I love taper time? It’s pretty simple – I have more free time!
Think about what you’re gaining
Sometimes it can seem like training for a race can take over your life. Workouts before or after work, long runs on the weekends, incorporating other workouts like yoga and strength training, trying to go to bed at a decent hour – it really infiltrates all aspects of your life. I really love having the extra time to complete tasks, connect with friends, or just rest!
Give extra TLC to your body
Our bodies take a beating while training. I use the taper time to get in way more stretching – it makes me feel like I’m getting my body “race day ready”, For me, the stretching includes a lot of different yoga moves and some quality time with my foam roller, lacrosse ball and handheld massager. It could all be in my head, but I always think the my body appreciates the extra TLC!
Use the extra time to visualize your race
I’m a huge believer in using visualization, especially before a big race. I’ve done this for all of my marathons. We spend so much time training but do we spend anytime thinking about the race course and how we will feel running through the last mile and ultimately the finish line? Thinking about those things not only puts a smile on my face, but it also calms my nerves as well.
Tell me: How do you taper without going crazy?
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