So what do I do to get through the three weeks? I handle the first two weeks by cutting back but still run my normal 6 days per week. I also include two races which I’ll just run comfortably. A half marathon the first Sunday and a 15km the second Sunday. This way I should still feel as if I’m just running as normal and not really tapering. Remember I’m actually training for some ultras and the marathon is just a stepping stone in the buildup process. The only reason I’m resting up a bit before this marathon is because I want to use it to qualify for the Comrades marathon. So it is important to have a good run. If it wasn’t for the qualifying, I wouldn’t taper and use the marathon as a LSD run.
The third week will be a proper taper week with complete rest the two days before the marathon. My three taper weeks will be as follow:
Sun: 21.1km (Vaal Half Marathon)
Sun: 15km (Alberton 15km)
Sat: 42.2km (Elands Valley Marathon)
This is still a fairly busy schedule and I think this should get me through the taper thing without too much frustration.