I’m almost in my taper week, waiting for my 6th marathon. Seriously, 6th? I don’t feel like I know more about running a marathon than I knew a year or two ago. The only thing I know that in that week before marathon weird things are happening. Things that only few people talk about.Yes, I’m one of those people. I guess I wrote this post to calm myself down a bit.
What will happen in taper week?
1. You will freak out. That is the biggest part of it. You will think that you won’t make it, that you’re not ready, what you were thinking, there are many great runners out there, on the start line and you among them and it doesn’t make sense. That is panic in small doses and it will happen every day of your taper. The only thing to remember is that fear can play on your advantage if mastered well.
2. your body will freak out. Every single injury from the past will come back. Every muscle that some day were sore will be sore again. You’ll discover that parts of your body that never posed any problem now want to have a say. This is partially tension partially your body taking care of itself, regenerating. All the tissues start to rebuild but while previously you wouldn’t notice now you do because you’re resting and you’re so focused on your body’s every need.
(yes, I know it’s an Easter bunny but you get the idea)
3. you will gain some weight. You won’t be running so much and you still want to eat, carbo load for your race. Gaining 1kg is ok and maybe you won’t even notice it. Don’t weight yourself. If it makes you feel better, your muscle will seem less ‘bulky’ at least that is what I notice on my legs.
(I won’t post a related photo that would be mean)
I just realize that tapering is like being pregnant…Anyway, if you’re a women who continue to ran during her pregnancy the following should sound familiar
4. running will suck. Big time. I don’t know about you but the closer is my race date the more difficult is for me to keep my race pace or any pace. I remember one run I did 5 days before my latest marathon: after 5 km I stopped trying to catch my breath and I felt like I would normally do after 40km into a race. You ran too fast or too slow either way these last runs don’t count (of course if you twist your ankle that counts and you should better stop running) if not as a reminder that you do in fact know how to run.
Having said that I promise I’ll do my best not to go nuts,
I will drink a plenty of water
I willI sleep a lot
I will foam roll like there’s no tomorrow
I will not forget to pack my sports bra because running another race in a push up is good for the cameras but hurts more than your pride
For everyone in proximity of a race/taper week: hang on and enjoy your rest