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).
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.
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!