I'm a week into my three-week taper for the Tucson Marathon. With the way my race schedule is constructed, it'll be my last real taper until my 50-mile debut next September. So I'll be savoring it.
A lot of folks slip into "taper madness" in the last couple weeks before a big race. As they step down their mileage, they start to panic about whether they've done enough to prepare. They worry that a 24-mile week of training can't possibly keep them ready for a 26-mile race.
Not this guy. I've been training for Tucson for 28 weeks. I've had IT band pain, hip pain, knee pain, a stomach virus... probably some other ailments along the way that I've already forgotten. Two weeks before race day, I'm not freaking out about preparation or whining that I only have 4 miles to run tomorrow. I'm happy to have a little respite from the pounding and the time-suck. Yes, this marathon is a big deal and I'm sure there will be anxious moments later next week, but for now I'm more than willing to put in a quick jog and spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Call it taper gladness.