The Hardest Part Isn’t Taper

The hardest part of the marathon isn’t taper madness or the pain of mile 20. The hardest part (for me anyway) is the week after the marathon when I have nothing to do but sit around and wait to run. During the peak of training, the promise of a week off is a beacon of hope. When it arrives, however, it’s miserable.

On Monday and Tuesday, I was sore enough to not miss running. By Wednesday, however, my soreness was gone and the restlessness began. Yesterday, I almost gave in and went for a run but Will pressured me into staying home instead. I walked to get our CSA and played with the dogs but no run.

I understand the benefit of taking some time off after a marathon and in reality, I should probably take two weeks off but with the confines on racing Vegas in a month and the need to maintain the sanity, I’ll be happy with the time off that I can tolerate.

How much time do you take off post-marathon? How do you survive the boredom?

4 thoughts on “The Hardest Part Isn’t Taper

  1. Neal Green

    Congrats on your race! And comeback from surgery!

    I am in the midst of tapering for a 5K and a 1/2M. My last hard workout bombed because I got greedy and tried for a 3×1 mile two days after a long run with 7 miles at 1/2M pace. Now I need to shake off the uncertainty of what I can do in the 5K and get the rest I need.

    I wanted to add something (hopefully not too long) because I had written previously about CS. Turns out I never had CS, but instead I have vascular blockages due to plain old plaque. I am 50, never had an issue with my lipid numbers and have been lean and maintained a healthy diet all my life, but my running went downhill quite dramatically about 5 years ago. Finally, after a lot of Dr visits, a smart orthopedist advised that I should see a vascular specialist who made the diagnosis. Drs orders were to run through the pain (!!!) and develop co-lateral circulation. A year later, I am back at a reasonable fitness level and avoided angioplasty/surgery. Just wanted to let you know in case you come across anyone who suffers from claudication. If they are over 40, have a family history of CVD (like I do), please let them know not to be sceptical about seeing a CV Dr. I almost blew it off, and I am glad I did not.

    Thanks for your time,

    1. runnerunderpressure


      Thanks so much for sharing your story. That is SO interesting to me, both as a runner and as a medical student because diagnosing CS is mostly a diagnosis of exclusion. Would you ever consider writing up a slightly longer version to share here? Every so often I have someone find the blog looking for info on CS and I’d love to have your story there in case they have a similar frustration in figuring their leg issues out.

      1. Neal Green

        I would be happy to. If I get too detailed feel free to edit. It was certainly interesting for me to persist in determining what the issue was, how it was diagnosed and finally all the twists, coincidences and turns taken that kept me away from the OR.


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