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Tapering for a Marathon.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Tapering for my first marathon drove me nuts. I was new to this and wanted to run all the time. Like all new things for me, I tend to get obsessive. I wanted to run everyday, and my aging body would not allow.

Now that I've been doing this for about a year and a half, I'm more accustomed to it, and feeling less inclined to overdue. Nice. I know my limitations, yet I continue to push on to strengthen until I peak. A delicate balancing act, training without overtraining.

My tapering process has returned. I've done my longest runs. I maxed out with a 22 mile LR; now my longest run, tomorrow, will only be 10 miles. I ran a shorter 4 miler and a 6 miler already this week.

Not piling on the miles during taper weeks is rather enjoyable this time around. I find myself with time on my hands, so I do other stuff to keep me busy.

I know I'm 'allowed' to eat a bit more too, to store up the glycogen supplies in anticipation of the approaching massive assault on my old muscles, tendons and bones. Another benefit - eating!

Yeah, taper weeks are kind of nice this time around.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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MBSHAZZER 1/31/2013 4:35PM

    Personally, I LOVE the taper! It's the not being able to run AFTER the marathon that stresses me out. Enjoy your race!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/30/2013 2:54PM

    emoticon enjoy your low mileage, I can't wait to be on the taper in 4 more weeks, which seems like an eternity. When's the race?

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CM_GARDNER78 1/27/2013 3:54PM

    AWESOME!! Can't wait to hear about your marathon!!! :-) Keep up the great work...and enjoy the eating!! :-) LOL

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/26/2013 7:37AM

    You've got the right idea. Just follow the plan. Looking forward to your race report. Good luck!

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STRIVER57 1/26/2013 2:09AM

    what was astonishing to me was that it really mattered, in my half. i can't run that fast on regular runs! enjoy & good luck!

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NWFL59 1/25/2013 8:45PM

    Glad you've been able to make the mental adjustment to have a taper week prior to marathoning. emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 1/25/2013 8:29PM

    Enjoy your tape time. Sounds like you are ready and will do great.
Have fun and enjoy the whole process. I always found it to be an exciting time.

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MASRITE 1/25/2013 8:09PM

    OK, when is the marathon again? You're going to do great again!!

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ROXYZMOM 1/25/2013 7:59PM

    You are doing great! I can't wait to read about you marathon. I had to laugh when you wrote
"only 10 miles"!!! That's my long run :)

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DALID414 1/25/2013 1:47PM

    I miss running. Haven't been healthy enough all month! I like running for the eating more part emoticon

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SOUTH_FORK 1/25/2013 1:43PM

    Best of luck on your upcoming race... actually- scratch that- best of you on your upcoming race! Good for you for enjoying this taper week; a foreign concept for me (still only sprint distance running)!

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KA_JUN 1/25/2013 1:26PM

    Nice job, sounds like you're prepared for your challenge!

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NATPLUMMER 1/25/2013 11:28AM

    I'm glad you are enjoying your taper :-)

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/25/2013 11:27AM

    Enjoy your taper week!!

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SEABREEZE64 1/25/2013 10:36AM

    Good luck on your marathon. You will do great!

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FLGIRL1234 1/25/2013 10:32AM

    Ahhhh I can't wait until, for me, ten miles becomes "only ten". lol

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PMRUNNER 1/25/2013 10:23AM

    My favorite marathon running advice is "start slow and taper off" A different taper, I know, but tapering helps remind us that, at times, excitement and adrenaline are not our friends and can be counter productive to our end goal if used improperly.

Wishing you fleet feet and strength for your upcoming race!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/25/2013 10:05AM

    I have never run enough to taper. It is my hope someday..,,

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