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Do you feel that?
That almost rhythmic bounce? A rapid, nervous hammering?
Do you feel it?
Do you know what it is?
It baffles scientists every year around this time. It’s in the air, it’s in the ground, it’s in the pit of our stomachs.
I finally figured out what is causing it.
It’s the up-and-down movement of over 27,000 knees as runners preparing for the Boston Marathon enter their taper*.
Despite this being my 6th marathon in 18 months, I can already tell this taper is going to be the hardest yet. I’ve trained harder and run longer than any other training cycle – I just want Boston to get here.
What do you do to deal with the taper?
*For the uninitiated – the taper is the last 2 – 3 weeks of training for a marathon. During this time, runners reduce their weekly miles somewhat dramatically, leading to what many call Taper Madness – an overflow of nervous energy where runner don’t know what to do with themselves and often get a little grumpy.