Have I mentioned before that I have a love-hate relationship with taper?

Love: LOTS more sleep, shorter runs, not wanting to crawl under my desk for a nap in the middle of the day

Hate: Random pains, less running, not falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, not being able to justify a bowl of ice cream after dinner


This weekend has been filled with the phantom pains. For awhile, my hip felt like it was about to disconnect from the body, and then I also had some IT band pain, as well as some random foot pain. Now, if I would be running normal distances, this would be terrifying and I would be contemplating to take some time off. 

Considering its taper, it’s almost like my mind’s evil way of playing with the idea of having too much energy. And of course, these phantom pains only last for a few hours and suddenly they are gone. 

It’s enough to make you feel like a crazy person. 

So to distract myself, I of course started reading a new book about running:


The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
The Oatmeal


It also started with a comic about running that The Oatmeal had published a few months ago (check it out here if you haven’t seen it!). I guarantee, it will make you laugh, it will inspire you and it might bring back all those amazing and favorite moments that you’ve had while hitting the road. 

I don’t want to give it all away because I think you need to read it for yourself and pick out your favorite moments. I know this will be a book that makes it to the coffee table and will be one that I pick up on those days with those not-so-great runs because there’s nothing better than The Oatmeal to give you a little push on a bad day. 🙂

You can grab this book for about $10 on Amazon, which makes it a GREAT stocking stuffer for Christmas… which continues to creep closer and closer as we speak (full holiday gift guide coming after NYC Marathon! Get ready!). 


Do you get phantom pains during taper stage? 

What was your favorite moment from this weekend? What book are you reading right now? 

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