The taper is harder than the race itself. Sound familiar?
I’ve heard it called the Taper Crazies and the Taper Madness.
You’ve trained for weeks. You’ve reached a level of fitness that you’re not worried about whether or not you can complete the long runs or high mileage, but the thought of not training and losing fitness during the taper is daunting. The physical challenge of training is over.
It’s the mental training that will challenge you now.
I have 10 taper tips to ensure an UNsuccessful race day:
- Don’t follow the taper portion of the plan that has worked for you for the past 13 weeks.
- Believe those inevitable moments of self doubt are true.
- Enjoy mindless snacking with the extra time you have on your hands.
- Eat as many calories as you did during training peak.
- Start a new type of workout, maybe crossfit or boxing.
- You’re feeling a little restless so why not go out and buy new running shoes for the race. While you’re at it a whole new outfit that you will not wear to run until race day.
- Eat carbs, carbs, carbs, and only carbs. You need energy and who needs protein and other nutrients anyway?
- Do not trust your training. You know you’re probably going to finish 5-10 minutes slower than your goal anyway.
- Make sure you alienate your entire support group with your crabby mood.
- Whatever you do, DO NOT relax and DO NOT visualize your race success!
UNsuccessful race day guaranteed!
A week from Sunday is race day. I trust my training. I don’t have a goal yet, but whatever it is I’m confident I can accomplish it. Now, the challenge will be to keep the same mindset over the next week and to not have my family move to a hotel until after the race.
No problem, right!
What would you add to the list? What are your tried and true tips for a successful race day?
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