Confession: Unlike most runners heading towards the Marine Corps Marathon, I am not yet in taper land. I have to do one more long training run before I head to taper.
Instead of running long this weekend so I could start my taper, I was single parenting Shoo while he played in a soccer tournament (Beer Geek and Jones were off on their own adventure.) My Saturday consisted of driving lots of miles at stupid early in the morning, watching two games in the rain and then heading home to try to recover (which may have involved meeting a friend for a beer and a bit of vodka.)
Sunday was supposed to be more of the same, but after another stupid early drive in the rain, I got to watch Shoo play for two minutes before his head slammed into the field. As you can imagine, the rest of the day involved concussion tests, a trip to the pediatrician, and attempting to keep a 10 year old quiet. (He appears to be fine. We’ll follow up with the doctor on Tuesday morning.)
All that to say: I’m not in taper yet and I’m mentally ready to be there. Why? Because I excel at tapering.
Today on Tuesdays on the Run, we are discussing taper. What are your quirks? Your rituals? Your cravings? Tell us!
My quirk, if you will, is that I love to taper. I enjoy running more “joy” miles and fewer “I must run a specific distance miles.” I get more sleep. I have the time to clean my house in a way I can’t manage during marathon training. I love how fresh my legs feel towards the end of taper. Thanks to lots of race experience, I no longer question whether I’ll still be able to race my prescribed distance. I know that if I’ve put in the training, I can do the race.
Let’s not talk about the lack of training I’ve put in. I’m still going to taper.