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You Know You're Marathon Tapering When...


Updated April 01, 2014

Runner lying on the couch Photo by Steve Cole

The pre-marathon tapering period can be a stressful time. You're nervous about your upcoming race, you feel like you're losing fitness, and you just want your marathon to be here already. To lighten your mood and de-stress, see how many of these pre-tapering behaviors you can relate to.

You know you're tapering when...

  • you're constantly hungry.

  • you're having dreams that you show up to the race start in your underwear or without your running shoes.

  • you're cranky from not running.

  • you find yourself frequently saying, "after the marathon..."

  • you're reading a lot of motivational quotes about marathons.

  • your friends/significant other/co-workers run in the opposite direction when you mention the word "marathon."

  • you keep flip-flopping between wishing the race was tomorrow and thinking it would be great to have a few more weeks of training.

  • you keep asking people for recommendations for your marathon song playlist.

  • you visit the starting line area to visualize race day.

  • you've completely lost focus at work.

  • you're convinced you've gained 10 pounds since you started tapering.

  • you feel sluggish and like you could run forever...all during the same run.

  • you've planned out three possible outfits for the race and keep asking running friends for opinions on which one to go with.

  • you have random bursts of energy when you want to reorganize your closets or kitchen pantry.

  • you've studied the course map enough that you've memorized where all the Porta-potties will be on the course.

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