I have never been a big fan of things that are tapered. When given a choice between tapered jeans and wide-legged, I will always choose the wide-legged—something about them making my feet look humongous, and the fact that if I wanted to to be able to put them on WITH my shoes still on, I can do just that (yes, I still act like a 3-year -old, most of the time).

I know there are some tapered jeans that look okay, but every time I see them, I am reminded of the “Mom Jeans.”

Tapered haircuts are another thing I struggle with. Not that I don’t think they look great–they do! The problem I have with tapered haircuts, is the fact that I have such a hard time doing them. With 3 boys and a husband, who all like to have their hair tapered (or blended), it is hard to get it exactly right. Whatever happened to the bowl cut, or just growing it all out? I have been known to give my boys steps and a Jedi braid, in an effort to avoid the taper altogether.

I don’t think I do all that bad of a job, but it is still a work in progress…good thing I get a ton of practice.

Lastly, there is of course, the “taper” that is used as a running term, meaning that you cut back significantly on mileage and intensity, in preparation for a race.

As you can safely assume, from reading the above, this type of tapering I dislike just as much. It is extremely difficult for me to cut back on something I love so much. I love the feeling I get from a hard work-out. I long for the weekends when I can go for a long 20 miler. For me, the last 3 weeks of marathon training are 100 x tougher than any hill or speed work-out you throw my way.

This is why, I wrote my latest column, entitled “Do yourself a favor, respect the taper.” In the article, I talk about the importance of tapering, in marathon training. The links for the article are here and here, if you feel so inclined to read it…

Although I struggle with this part of the training, I know how crucial it is, so I suffer through it. I know it will pay off in the end.

In just over one week, I will see the results of my training, as I will be competing in the 36th annual St. George Marathon. I can’t wait to get some long, hard miles in! Wish me luck! 

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6 Responses to Tapering…ugh

  1. Dominick S. says:

    Thank Ari, I am almost at the taper point for the NYC Marathon (my first) and I hope it isn’t too difficult for me but I am preparing myself not to pretend I can add a few miles in safely like I know what is best.

    • runariran says:

      For sure. Fortunately, every year my tapering time for the St. George Marathon is right during the first few weeks of school, when our family is super busy. I don’t have the time to put in all the miles. This doesn’t however, rid me of my antsy-ness.
      It is really a crucial part of your training. Make sure to increase your protein intake, to help build/repair damaged muscle–this is a natural consequence of long-distance training. Take in lots of vitamin C, and rest, rest, rest!! You will do great! I’m excited for you!

  2. Lisa says:

    Good luck Ari!

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