Okay, so I understand that literally EVERY marathon training plan out there pretty much calls for two weeks of tapering. And yes, I understand the supposed physiological advantages. But y'all of course are familiar with the real tapering ... that time when you're basically at your most fit and ready point of the training cycle, two weeks before the race, feeling like you could run through a brick wall, and you're like "BRING ON THE FRIGGIN' RACE" ... and then someone says, "Um yeah, go ahead and essentially do what amounts to nothing for two weeks and then run the race". So stupid.
I hate tapering and I'm not a big believer in it. While the shorter workouts might keep your speed and a little VO2max near peak levels, there is NO WAY you can maintain your ability to run longer distances by cutting every workout short for two weeks. NO WAY!!!! NONE!!! But I'm trying to "follow the rules" this cycle, including reducing my mileage, not running as many days a week, stretching more than ever, and of course ... stupid tapering. But I'm doing it under protest. So be advised that if I bomb at this marathon I'm gonna blame the two weeks of friggin' BLAH nothingness tapering before the race. You've been warned. I'm on edge. Seacrest out!
... be great today!