I am doing my 4th Marathon in 2 weeks (Oct 20th) at York.
My PB is currently 3.40 and i am trying to beat this at York. I have put a LOT of training in over past year (1800 miiles this year) and i am now starting to feel so aches and pains.
my last long runs have been
and 21 miles on Saturday (5th)
I am avergaging over 50 miles a week, and my last long run i averaged 7.40 min / miles . so well under where i need to be.
HOWEVER.. I have not got some pains in my left leg, mainly tight hamstring...also some glute pain to go with it. I want to back off a bit but reading some sites tell me that you can lose fitness drastically over a short period of time. I was looking to do around 18 miles on saturday as my last long run (obviously its race weekened week after) but unsure if this is wise.
I run 6 days a week (dont run Fridays) as my long runs tend to be Saturdays so like to prepare my legs for that. So i am also worried because my body is used to this that cutting it back in these final 2 weeks will have a negative affect.
I can do a marathon plan ok but tapering really screws with my head!
Where do you guys and girls stand with regards tapering? do you taper or just keep going?