Is the Taper Madness For Real?
Wait what, taper madness?
For most of the non-runners, the term “taper madness” is quite out of this world. But for marathoners, taper madness is something absurdly absurd. Now imagine how bad it is to deserve a ridiculous remark.
Well, taper madness or also tagged as the prerace jitters is that two to three week period when marathoners turn out to be, grumpy, achy, cramming, hungry, or tired on the slightest amount and then worry about them to the fullest.
According to the experts, taper madness is for real! It happens to all runners who try to take their training down a notch a week or so before the long awaited race day. But the nature of the taper is to make you lose the physical rejuvenation you gain due to over mental reasoning activities.
There’s no method to the madness because it is an anxietyattack; too much pressure and nervousness that might cause downlow performance. These are the usual scenario that goes through your head:
- Constantly scared of getting sick like catching a cold or cough. Followed by the feeling of aches here and there. The mystery lies on not knowing what really is the cause of the feeling to begin with.
- Being extra careful on anything you do cause you might stumble and fall and get injured; or an insect bite might give you a dengue or malaria that will be the pitfall why you couldn’t get to participate on the big day.
- Basically clueless on what to do with your spare time or with yourself in general. You spend a million year online searching about the nooks and crannies of marathoning. That, or trying doityourself crafts and anything in between just to keep time on a fast forward.
- Well, over thinking is your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks too. You stare blankly at space, lay awake at night relentlessly, and thinking about worstcase race day scenario that scares the runner in you.
- Bathroom reminds you of the race day! Thinking you might have intestinal jarring on the big day that would make you spend half of the day inside the comfort room.
- During your prerace trainings (where you obsess yourself in), you are asked by your corunners about how excited you are on the forthcoming marathon. While you silently smile and try to pull off the most enthusiastic facial expression you
could give, on the back of your mind it goes like “Oh wow, really? Why do you have to keep on reminding me?” Then the anxiety goes on and on.
- Bugging yourself about dieting; worrying on gaining some weight or losing it. So back to checking out the weighing scale again.
- And the list goes on.
No one is safe from this madness. There might be no real accurate and medically accepted cure at this, yet one thing is for sure; it holds back your running feet to move forward. However, just remember that it is about, amidst this taper madness, the run. And no matter what, all you gotta do is make it on the race day. Then everything makes sense again.