Oh no! I’m done with my race training and I have to rest now! That is so awful! Instead of running outside in 20° temperatures, I am forced to stay in my warm house and drink coffee.
It’s hard to believe that anyone would view tapering that way. According to a survey that I saw on Runner’s World, there are percentage of people who hate the taper’s rest period. To quote someone from a recent runner’s forum, “[It’s] biochemical, like withdrawal from an addiction.”
Hey, I like running. I’d better like it because I do it almost every day. But the opportunity to have a couple of guilt-free rest days is a gift, not a burden. I’m going into the city later today for a couple of meetings and I’ll probably cover 3 or 4 miles by foot in the process. While I am taking a rest from running, I don’t plan to stop moving. Some good relaxing walks will be the perfect penultimate tapering activity. Tomorrow I can truly rest. You can bet I’ll enjoy that coffee.