Tapering

 

Karen Craney
Training Program Coordinator
RRCA Certified Coach
Fleet Feet Sports Certified Coach
Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg MD

We have trained hard for our targeted race and now is the time to start to give our bodies some rest. Often runners train hard and don't give their bodies sufficient rest. This means that they may run the race with tired bodies and won't have maximum performance. To give their bodies extra rest before a race, runners usually reduce or taper their training before that race.

In tapering their training, runners gradually reduce the distance they run. Resist the urge to increase the intensity since you may feel that you are not doing "enough".

Feelings of restlessness are normal. As runners, we want to run, run, run, train, train, train, and it is hard to do less of that and not feel guilty. We are all different in how we handle these feelings. Some runners focus on cross training and now would be the time to substitute biking or swimming or some other non-impact exercise. Other focus on cleaning house (some of us wish that we could !!!) or working on projects. It is important that runners choose light activities so that they don't overly tire themselves during the taper.

Embrace the taper period and enjoy the shorter runs and the rest that you are getting !!!

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