9 days to go and I’m 60% excited vs. 40% fearful of injury and the unknown. In a state of just wanting it to arrive and be done whilst really looking forward to it. 100% sure tapering feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeels good!
In the context of my running tapering is backing off the last 3-2 weeks of training in a bid to get legs and body in optimal condition for the main event. The Sunday before last I ran 15 miles (instead of my usual 18-20) and this Sunday was a steady 10 miles on the Sunny Pembrokeshire Costal Path.
Jez has been updating my training plan as we go, the final week will only see me run 6-9 miles with lots of rest prescribed. I’m taking lots of advice and having a sports massage on the Monday to ease out any potential niggles. Cannot wait for my first beer and surf after it’s done. 9 days seems both a short and long time.
Over the last two weeks I’ve been reading a lot of marathon blogs and the provided magazines. All are packed with information / information overload. Linked below are two really useful blog posts. Lots of great advice for tapering and first time London Marathon runners like me!
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