Call them taper tantrums–the phantom pains, panic attacks, and much more–that plague most marathoners during the three-week period of decreased training just before the race…

…Thing is, if you know what to expect as you back off your training, you’ll be better equipped to survive your taper and arrive at the marathon starting line feeling rested and ready to run. To that end, we’ve outlined the most common mental and physical problems associated with the taper, when they’re likely to occur, and how to deal with them so that you can relax, and, dare we say, enjoy your weeks of rest–not to mention race day.

Click on the link above to check out this very helpful list of what to expect as you taper for your marathon.