Is Taper a Bad Word?

Taper is the period of training where you reduce your miles prior to a race.  The goal of taper is to rest your muscles and maximize your fuel stores.

Some people flourish during taper - enjoying the rest, catching up on the giant pile of laundry that's been growing since you've been busy training, and getting the right fluids and fuel into the body.

Others I go crazy -
1.  I replace my time spent running consuming this...

 and this...

 and this...

and this...

2.  I go broke buying this...

 and this...

and this...

Oh, yes, I did.  Can you say 20 hr battery life and 4 screens of data for an anal-retentive engineering-type.

3.  Every minor twinge of minor discomfort sends me into an injury rundown -

Did you hear that click in my knee?  Runner's knee.
Is that a small ache in my foot?  Plantar fasciitis.
Oh my hip's off... Stress fracture.
Cramp in my shin?  Shin splints.
Spasm? ITBS.

I think the next step is that I'll just get leprosy and one (or both) legs will just fall off before Saturday.

This is my brain...

This is my brain on taper...

Any questions?

UncategorizedLesley Jones