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Countdown to the Boston Marathon – Taper Madness

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I’m so antsy sitting here right now. I’m just hours away from my last day at work before heading to Boston for the Marathon weekend, and I’m deep, deep, deep in Taper Madness. For those of you unfamiliar with this phenomenon, let me explain.

Most Marathon training programs or schedules consist of anywhere from 14-18 weeks. They include building your base, putting on some speed and distance, and then the last 2-3 weeks become a tapering of your weekly workouts in mileage and (in most instances) intensity. The reason for this is to allow your body to recover and rebuild muscles, while still not losing the value of your fitness level.

What they don’t tell you is that, almost like a drug, when you start to wean yourself off of such a high level of intensity or activity, withdraw can set in! Couple that with getting close to race day and all the anxiety that can bring, especially when you’ve likely worked very hard at achieving a goal or setting a new Personal Record (PR).

At this moment, I can barely contain myself. I’m a bundle of extra energy and nerves that could explode at any moment! At the same time, it’s exciting to see your body react to your training, and to know that you’ve put in the time and the miles to see you through to your goal.

Boston.. Here I come!

Stay tuned for “on the beat” reports from Beantown!

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