Fall race training is coming to an end which means it’s almost race day. At this point the only thing standing between you and your race day goals is surviving the taper. Almost all runners suffer from a case of the “taper crazies” due to a reduced volume of training. During this time of craziness we tend to get nervous, over-think things and doubt our ability to reach our goals. This is the prime time to train your brain especially if you neglected to do any sort of mental prep work earlier on in training.
Here are four things you can do during the taper to build confidence in the weeks leading up to your race:
#1. Make a list of every hard workout you successfully completed during this training period. This list is separate from your training log. Keep it beside your bed or in your bag and refer to it every time you start to doubt your abilities.
#2. Bookmark and read race recaps from the runners that inspire you the most. Only read positive posts and start to block out any negative information. Here are a few recaps I have bookmarked:
#3. Write out a list of phrases or words that you will say to yourself during the race when things get tough (and trust me, things always get tough!).
#4. Read these articles:
- Turn on the Light
- The Power of Prime: The Cluttered Mind Uncluttered
- Train Your Brain to Run Your Best
- What to Expect on Marathon Day
Do you love or loath the taper? How do you deal with the “taper crazies”?