When training for marathon running races, there's a key component to training that can't be overlooked: the taper. For 10 days to 2 weeks before the race, you're in full-on rest mode: as much sleep as you can get, watch the food intake, drop your training miles by half to three-quarters. The idea is, when you hit that start line, you're rested and ready to go.
There are a couple of minor side-effects of this strategy. After 2-3 days, you start to feel a little bloated. Time slows to a crawl. You think you feel tired, but it's mostly in your head. Your body feels vaguely achey. Every sneeze is a source of worry that you're about to get sick. And you have more energy than you know what to do with -- all of it unfocused -- which leads to what my running group calls "taper-nuttiness."
Which is what I'm feeling, a full-on case, at this very moment.
Because of the way this season breaks down, I targeted this time as a sort of mini-peak, with the focus being this weekend's first-ever WORS marathon. Last weekend's WEMS race fit in perfectly, as does the 12-hour next week, with this Sunday as the centerpiece. I knew as soon as I saw the schedule that Rudy Rack was for me!
So I'm tapering, then racing, then taking 3 weeks off from racing. Which is why I'm sitting here in a mental fog, absolutely buzzing -- it's a cruel irony that I have a ton of energy but absolutely no ability to focus it on any one thing for very long. Even this blog entry is too much -- I've stopped and started again three times already. I'm hungry, but I can't eat, I'm tired but not really, and I feel like I could jump out of my skin at any moment.
Thankfully, with the right balance, that means I'll be more than ready to go come Sunday. Bring on the nuts!
3 days ago