Marathon Tapering Blues – I’ve Put On 4-5lbs Of Weight Ever Since Entering The 3 Week Long Tapering Phase Of My Program – I Need Tips And/Or Advice!
You only realize that you’re addicted to running when you aren’t allowed to do so much of it.
I’m in the last week of the tapering phase for the Belfast City Marathon and I feel like I’m going mental.
I googled ‘Marathon Tapering Blues’ and found this article on the Active.com website, that has a list of what you will typically experience during the tapering period.
Going through the Active.com Marathon Tapering Blues checklist..
At the beginning of the taper, some athletes say they feel more tired than when they were putting in long training hours
I’m feeling very drowsy and I can barely be bothered to get up to go the shop let alone walk/run any amount of miles.
When tapering for a key race, many athletes feel flat and fatigued during the final workouts
Not this so much. Maybe it is because I drastically dropped my training distance in the 1st week of the taper and it increased it steadily back up to around 50-60% of peak race distance? I know that yesterday’s run hurt more than it should have, but that’s because I went for 5 short runs in 4 days.
As the taper continues, many athletes notice (or more likely their family and friends notice first) that they’re slightly grouchy—OK, some athletes are more than just a little grumpy.
Slightly grouchy? I have been blowing up over nothing. I feel like i’m suffering from PMS. I go through cycles of feeling very tense and then it dissipates back into lethargy. I know for a fact, I wasn’t like this last year.
Roughly half the athletes I work with begin to notice little aches and pains they never noticed before the taper period.
I have phantom pains shooting all over the place at random locations in my feet. I’m getting headaches too but I think that’s withdrawal from being unable to run when I want to.
Some athletes may feel slightly blue or depressed the week before the race.
Yes! It’s like I have a hangover and I haven’t even been drinking. I’m annoyed that I have seemed to have put on 4 or 5lbs since last weighing myself. I am hoping that a good part of this is just part of the carb-loading process. I am going to hide my scales as this really isn’t helping.
Within one or two days of the race, most athletes feel good. They’re typically ready to race and are anxious to race—immediately!
I definitely felt this last year and it was immediately after I collected my race pack from the Expo at Belfast City Hall. I’m hoping to God that the same happens this year.
Anyway, I’ve no idea what to do with myself at the minute. I’ve been sitting around eating Tayto Smoky Bacon, watching Jeremy Kyle re-runs on Youtube and drinking Coke Zero.
I am getting negative thoughts too about the marathon itself and hitting the 20 mile mark and falling down a fucking manhole in Duncrue Industrial Estate.