Tapering. Ultra Style.

When you are preparing for a running race, taper is essential to rebuild and repair your body, restore glycogen stores, and get enough rest to endure the hours on your feet to come. Some runners look forward to taper. Others go a bit nuts. I have definitely had moments of both sets of feelings during every taper. 

This time, I’m dealing with the prospect of running 31.3 miles on Saturday by kind of denying that it will happen. I suppose reality will hit me soon enough. I’ve had no nightmares showing up on race day without my gear, no super duper anxiety episodes, and no ravenous hunger. I still have one day to go, however. 

I’ve been passing the time with some crafts. I bought a loom when a craft store was going out of business a couple of years ago, and it’s been sitting in my office, patiently waiting for someone to put it to use. I was also gifted a huge bag of yarn, and so the material for my creations has been essentially free! I think I only paid $6 for the loom. 

My first wall hanging!

I’ve really enjoyed sitting down to work on a task that can become somewhat mindless, much like running. I ponder all kinds of thoughts as I’m weaving the yarn through the loom. I am pleased with my first efforts! Now I’m super excited about making more weavings. I’ve now made 2: one for each of my daughters. I hope they like them!

My second wall hanging!

I will hopefully have a race recap for you on Monday. Wish me luck on Saturday!


Do you like to work on crafts in your spare time? Do you find it quells anxiety like exercise? If you’re a runner, what kinds of things do you do during taper to burn off the crazy?

As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.

Published by annecreates

I am a physical therapist, wife, mom, runner, artist, and vegan. I'm passionate about helping others find wellness, speaking about the human experience, and in fighting for social justice. Assistant Coach for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. Current ambassador for: Boco Gear, SaltStick, SPIbelt, Goodr, Noxgear, and Switch4Good.

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