YouTube Tuesday: Taper Tips!

Fall Marathon season is upon us, and so many are tapering or about to taper. (As I type this, I’m in my peak training week for NYC!)

Here are 12 tips to help you combat the Taper Tantrums!

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Where are you at in your training cycle?

Tapering: Love it or Hate it?

Do you typically do a 2 or 3 week taper?

What are you tips to make Taper Time a little more enjoyable?


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  • http://www.thechiathlete.com Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete


    Great tips, darling friend!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thanks SO much!!!

  • http://www.pinkpaynefitness.com Jess at Flying Feet

    Great tips! I like to catch up on reading. I stink at finishing books. Always on the run. ūüėČ I taper for 3 weeks so I’m due in another week! Last 20 miler next weekend then the countdown is on for Savanna!! I can’t wait to read about your races. You have the best recaps!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      My last long run in this week, too!!! Good luck on your 20!

  • cheryl

    I have a couple of weeks to go before the taper. I will enjoy it, and maybe wear “civilian” clothes after my run (I coach jh xc in the afternoon, so I typically go from one runnning outfit to the next…)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m always in running clothes!

  • C Jester

    My race is in December so I’m a few months out from taper but great tips! You make it sound not sooo bad.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I was just trying to convince myself that I LOVE to taper, lol!

  • http://www.youngandrungry.com Margaret @youngandrungry

    As I commented on youtube, I totally binged on your channel this morning and I’m not ashamed. I have mixed feelings about tapering. I itch for long runs when the weather is nice, but tapering usually comes at the right time for me and I welcome it. I agree with you in the video- using the extra time to catch up with friends who have been neglected during training!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m in my peak right now and tired!! Taper actually sounds pretty nice, but I’m sure I’ll feel differently when I don’t get to run as much as I want!

  • Tabitha Cross

    I’m having a case of the taper tantrums myself :) Couple more days! Thanks for being awesome!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Hang in there!!! And, thank you!

  • Jen@milesandblessings.com

    I am getting close to my taper….about 2 more weeks …1 more 16 and 1 more 20 miler. I am ready!!!! Since I have upped my mileage (for me, you run more than I do) and upped the intensity, by the time the taper is here I am ready!!! I like to clean and organize my house during the taper :)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m in my peak week right now, and taper actually sounds pretty nice. I’m tired!!

  • http://www.momontherunsanity.com Paria@momontherunsanity.com

    I love the term “taper tantrum”….hydration is my biggest problem…..not just during taper time but all the time!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I have to make myself drink more water. I know I never drink as much as they recommend.

  • AmandaM
    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Perfect timing…thanks!!!!

  • stephanie g

    I’m four weeks out from the half I’m training for (on Halloween!). I’ve got two more long runs and a 10k race to put in the books before I taper off (following Higdon’s Novice 2 plan). Somehow, I will be in Disney World with the family on my last weekend before and I’m still strategizing my plan for those days!
    Tapering- new to me; I was injured in last weeks of training for the same half last year and it would have been my first. :( Just a one-week taper in my plan. One day I’ll go for the whole enchilada and take on the marathon, though!
    Will check out the youtube video tonight- I’ve enjoyed the others!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It sounds like you’ve got a great plan! At least Disney will be a great distraction while you’re tapering.

  • Regina Mcwhirter

    I’ve got 5 days to go! I seem to be a bit on edge and now it makes more sense (I should warn my coworkers). I’m awaiting my next Runner’s World magazine to help get me through. I also enjoy looking back on my running log to “trust my training,” I do a 2 week taper, last week was not bad, this week seems different.