So how's everyone feeling? Going crazy yet? Calm? A little of both?
Something strange that happens to me during taper - and this goes for marathons and half marathons - is that I start craving foods out of the blue like I'm pregnant. They are those same really strong cravings too... nothing will satisfy it until I scratch that itch, so to speak. I could make the most delicious food in the world but if I'm craving Oreos everything else is going to taste like crap until I get an Oreo.
My cravings thus far? Pudding, tacos, and gyros. I have been craving them for about 2 days now and I'm about to go nuts if I don't get to the store and at least make one of them tonight. I even ate a piece of cake last night and it was just "meh" to me. I know, I'm weird!
Something else that strikes me during taper is boredom. You all know I've been running a fairly high mileage training plan. I've been in the 50 mile per week range for over two months! One of the key points in my plan is running long (well, they call it "medium long", but whatever) runs during the week. Usually on Wednesdays I run anywhere from 10-14 miles. Today I ran 6. SIX! And at recovery pace! The struggle becomes mental for me because it feels like I'm not doing nearly what I've been. I know that is the point of taper. But this also makes me go freaking bananas because then I worry about what I'm eating... Obviously I don't need to eat to support long runs all the time like I have been. I'm still hungry, though! But if I eat I'll get fat... and if I gain a bunch of weight I'll be slower.. and if I'm slower then my goals get flushed down the toilet... and if my goals get flushed then what was the point of putting in all these miles... and then why did I waste the money on the race..
It goes on and on. Thank goodness I haven't gone totally out of it yet, but I know it's coming. I'm going to try to rein it in... But if I don't, at least you'll will have something funny to read over the next few weeks.
I'm thinking banana pudding... If I put a banana IN the banana pudding that makes it a serving of fruit and therefore totally healthy, right? Plus, more carbs! haha