With the big race only 18 days away (15 days until Marathon weekend kicks off with Day 1 of the Expo), its officially time to start tapering! Its still hasn’t sunk in yet that I ran 13.1 miles on Sunday, and that I’m less than three weeks away from crossing the finish line of my first half marathon!
From both what I’ve read, especially on Runner’s World, as well as through my interactions with other bloggers and runners, tapering can be a major challenge, particularly a mental challenge. Although I know my body is more than ready for the reduced mileage (I’ve been a bit sore since I finished my practice half marathon), its going to be hard to convince myself that next weekend’s long run should only be six miles, and that my long run the weekend before the race should only be three miles. I won’t say that I’ve become used to the longer runs, but six and three miles definitely doesn’t feel as long as they once did.
Fortunately, I’ve got plenty of activities on the calendar between now and when we leave for Disney World to keep me busy and distracted from the lack of miles that I’ll be running. Hopefully I won’t find the taper to be as much of a mental challenge as I’ve heard from some people that it can be!
QOTD: How do you mentally approach tapering? Do you purposefully find activities to keep yourself busy?