October 7 2016
Coach meets text messaging meets Strava meets your next running goal—Ekiden is doing it all right on your phone computer screen.
Congratulations! After weeks and weeks of sticking to your training schedule and crushing workouts, you have reached Taper Town!
This is a one- to three-week time period near the end of a training plan where the mileage and intensity of your workouts decrease. It is a necessary part of the training process and is as important as speed workouts and long runs. Your body recovers and repairs so that you can run your best on race day.
Now what do I do?
Do I just sit around and wait for race day?
Do I take an extra yoga class in my spare time?
Am I getting sick? I can’t be getting sick.
What the heck is going on in my right calf? Did I get an injury?
Taper Town is where all the crazy thoughts live, which is why many runners catch a case of the taper crazies or throw a taper tantrum or two during this time period.
At first it can be exciting to reach the taper, but then something strange happens and your mind begins to play tricks on you. You question everything and might even start to feel sick and lethargic.
Guess what? This is all just a normal part of it! Most runners experience some negative symptoms. If you’ve found yourself in the middle of a taper and are feeling less than great, keep in mind it’s just a part of the process!
If you are not sure exactly what to do during this time, we’ve got you covered! Read the Do’s and Don’ts of Tapering.