Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Not So Fond of the Taper...

Only 4 days until the Full mOOn 50K, and that means I'm slacking off (otherwise known as tapering) to preserve my fuel stores and legs for the 31 miles from the start line to the finish line. Honestly, I'm not real crazy about this thing called a Taper.

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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4 comments:

  1. Hang in there John! The taper is giving your body a chance to recuperate from all that training and build up some glycogen stores. You may hate it today, but on race day you will be rewarded!

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  2. Thanks Tod. I know you're right. Just chomping at the bit!

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  3. 31 miles, John. Good for you. I don't think I could do it. Hang in there and good luck. I always have trouble occupying myself during my exercise time if for some reason I don't exercise.
    Thanks for following my Camping with Kids blog, John. http://campingwithfivekids.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Victoria! I'm going to need the luck, especially if this crazy heat and humidity doesn't break. Love your blog!

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