Who wouldn’t love a taper? Only a crazy person! Of course there are a lot of crazy runners out there. Runners who run because it lets them run off the crazies. They’re typically the ones that go stir crazy during the taper.
Not me, nope. I’m an active person now, but it’s not really my nature to be active. I have gone against my nature so that I can age well, remain healthy, and remain at a healthy weight. That means forcing myself to be active.
I don’t have to force so much anymore; the funny thing about being active is that once you get over the initial resistance to it (which can take months, sometimes years, for some of us), it’s addictive. It becomes hard to be inactive.
I’m an active inactive person
That just means that being active doesn’t really come naturally to me. Even now, to some degree, after years of being active. When I come to the end of a training cycle, when I’ve been forced to be more active than usual, I am tired. I am ready to rest. And I love me a taper.
For all of you naturally active people, there’s good reason to embrace the taper, even if it goes against your nature. Because I think rest and recovery is important (or maybe because I like to rest so much), I’ve written about it a lot. Just take a look:
- What if you ran like an elite?
- When is it time for a break?
- 8 Ways I recovered from my longest long runs ever
- 5 Ways to recover faster
- 5 Ways to recover better
- 5 Signs you need a rest
- Rest is not a 4 letter word
- Are you really recovered?
Apparently I’m kind of obsessed with resting, LOL!
Why you taper
I may be a bit taper-obsessed, but there’s a reason the experts suggest you taper. Many, in fact, including:
- To have fresh legs for your race
- To help prevent burnout, mentally & physically
- To help your immune system stay strong
- To give you time to actually get ready for your race
- To help you recover from all the training so that you’re excited for your race
Do you get the taper crazies?
Or do you embrace the taper?
Do you have any stories about tapers gone bad or particularly good?