Monday, September 24, 2012
The Taper before a marathon.... supposedly it is an uncomfortable time. You scale back your training, rest your body a bit more, all to be primed and ready to go at race time. I have read that it drives people crazy - the fewer miles and storing up energy. I for one am enjoying it a bit too much. So then comes the mental questions... should I be running more than I am? Am I losing some of my fitness base? If I don't do a long run for 3 weeks, will that mess me up? And all of the sudden I get it. It's more a mental thing than a physical thing. My body feels much better than normal. Much less tired. I've dropped 2 pounds the past week. I have been training hard for 16 weeks. That's a long time for me to stay focused on a goal. The fear of the 26.2 distance is what kept me focused more than anything else. I am really excited to see how my body performs. Will those last 6.2 be the death of me? Will it take me 2 hours to finish those last miles? My goal is to finish under 5 hours.... can I do it? I can't wait for all the feelings I will experience. The excitement, the crowd's enthusiasm, the energy filled legs!, having to hold myself back when I want to surge, pushing through the fatigue and pain when I want to slow down, the mental challenge, then, should I get there by God's grace, the exhilerating finish! I am excited. And now I get it. The taper is a mental game. A game of trusting your training and your taper. Nothing I do now will help me but I can hurt my chances of having a great race by doing something stupid. Though the weather is cooler, and my pace feels faster, I am going to try to do all my runs easy. I really want to push myself, but I know, I KNOW, I just need to trust my training, and enjoy the taper. 2 weeks, and it will all be over.