During my first two marathons the taper was an awesome time. I felt ready for the race and enjoyed having shorter workouts and a bit more rest time.
Then last marathon – BOOM!
I got hit by a case of the Taper Crazies.I was STARVING, which I could not understand at all since I was running and working out less. If it wasn’t tied down or locked up I would find it and eat it. ALL THE FOOD!
If I wasn’t busy stuffing my face I was trying to stay awake – I was exhausted. All I wanted to do was sleep all day, and then nap more once I finally woke up. (Hard when you have a full time job.)
On top of that I was loopy. I thought my friends and I were the funniest thing on the Earth and could not stop laugh at even the silliest little things we did.
So we shall see –
Will this taper be a nice relaxing break like the first two marathon tapers?
Or will I be a crazy, starving, exhausted goof-ball like last time?
Do you taper before half and full marathons?
If so do you notice any strange side effects?