I got the Taper Week blues. I was actually really looking forward to the two weeks before the San Fran marathon because I would get to taper. I wouldn’t have to run around trying to get my workouts in. I could relax a little bit and go a bit slower – enjoy my family more.
But it seems to cause me more anxiety when I don’t run/exercise. I think that running provides me not only mental well-being but also chemical/hormone/endorfin – whatever the scientific chemical release is when you exercise – balance. I think running/exercising keeps me patient, relaxed, satisfied and more happy in general. I need the chemical rush that exercising gives me, especially from running for some reason.
Also, I have a lot of nervous energy that I need to use up and if I don’t get the outlet via exercise, I get antsy, nervous and can’t relax. Exercise just helps me all around.
So Taper week has been harder than trying to get all my exercise in on a weekly basis, I think. I know, the same sob story all us running addicts give…but I really didn’t think Taper Week(s) would affect me this much, as a full-time working mom. I thought I would enjoy the time more. I guess this experience has just taught me that I really do need exercise in my life and I am on the right path.