11 Feb '18, 9pm

How to nail those crucial final weeks of your marathon taper:

How to nail those crucial final weeks of your marathon taper:

You can’t train hard all the way to race day. There comes a point where you aren’t going to make any fitness gains, and doing too much training will result in you having tired legs on race day. Having been there myself, there is nothing worse than getting in to a race and realising you’ve overcooked it with the training beforehand. On the flipside, you can’t just stop training all together, because then your body starts to ‘shut down’ and you won’t run well at all on race day. The problems come because each athlete I coach needs a slightly different taper, and unless you’ve tapered before, you aren’t going to know what works best. However, it would be much better to go into the race slightly too tapered than having overdone it. With the marathon, tapering would usually start three weeks out. As a rough guide, your last long big long run would be 4 weeks from race day, at m...

Full article: https://mensrunninguk.co.uk/training/the-tale-of-the-taper/

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