It’s the final week of marathon training. Twenty weeks of running six days a week. Four weeks of hill training, four more weeks of speed work, three weeks of time trials, two weeks of reducing mileage but maintained intensity, and now… the final week. The anticipation is more intense than the actual race!
It’s taper time and the head feels like it’s going to explode. Mystery aches have appeared out of nowhere. The body is practically jumping with all the extra unused energy. Has it been enough training? Has it been the right kind of training? Has the ratio of strength to speed been correct?
At this point, it doesn’t matter. The training is done. Trust in the taper.
The only thing that can be done now is to wreck all that good training. Don’t just lie on the couch eating pizza and drinking beer (that’s what the week after the race is for!). Keep the body moving with three or four easy runs. Throw in a few kilometres at marathon race pace just to keep that feeling
dialed in. Don’t fret over those missed three days… it doesn’t matter. Do take the time to get the running gear organized. Trim those toenails. Double check the hotel reservations. Eat healthy meals and keep hydrated.
You’ve worked hard to get to this point. Reflect back on the wonderful journey. Start planning for the next big event. Keep your head in the game. You’re ready. Trust in the taper.