It means a break in routine, my routine. Since I usually get up and out early in the morning, I still get up pretty early, even when I'm not running. That means I've got to find something to do to fill the time. Watching the news just tends to aggravate me, and sitting down to work at the computer just isn't as easy and I can't seem to be as productive when I missed my morning run. So those early hours tend to be kind of a waste on these no-run days of the taper.
Then there's the physical difference. It's something about getting up early, hitting the road, and getting the body moving. Working up a good sweat on a 6 mile morning run has become the perfect way to start my day, and I usually feel much better physically throughout the day. I tend to have less energy and feel worse through the days when I don't run.
This is why it's kind of hard to stick to the taper, even in the week before a long race.
"The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice." ~ Proverbs 12:15
But a lot of much more experienced people know better than I do. So, even though I know I'd feel better today if I'd have headed out for a run, I also know I'd be paying the price on Saturday, long before the finish line. That's why, even though I'm not really enjoying this thing called a taper, I'm going to stick with it and save up for Saturday.
Conventional wisdom says the taper is the way to go, so I'll try to be wise and listen to that advice. It's only for a few days anyway, then I can ramp the miles back up. :)
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