The Taper Crazies

Have you enjoyed the easier training schedule this past week?  This final and very important phase of your training is known as the taper. It’s your chance to relax, scale down your mileage and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

As most of you have figured out by now, the Portland Fit schedule is a periodized training program that gradually trains your body to complete 26.2 miles. We began at 3 miles six months ago and slowly built up from there. We had hard days and easy days (rest!), hard weeks (benchmarks) and easy weeks. The taper period is the final phase and the goal is to get rest and let your body repair as much as possible. You maintain your fitness, but go into the marathon refreshed and raring to go.

You may find it hard to back down on your training.  You’ve been pushing your body to the limit during our training season and now The Taper Crazies may leave you with pent up energy and feeling antsy.  RESIST the urge to add more mileage or start a weight training program or anything else that may interfere with your body repairing itself this week. You may feel like you want to run farther or faster and that’s a good thing. Your body is telling you it’s ready. Make it wait for marathon day.