if you are doing 20 2 weeks before the marathon then it can't be a 4 week taper can it.......
I was just confused when you were talking about taperting at 4 weeks that you are still doing a 20 miler.......
3 weeks before your marathon should be fine to do your last 20 miler........and then cut back
The general advice is that you are better to be rested than tired..
My view is that part-timers that most of us are don't need to worry about tapering that much - 3 weeks is excessive unless you're really hammering it in training both intensity and volume-wise. I'm sure you'd be fine with 10 days. Before Madrid marathon last year I did my last long run a week before and comfortably got inside my 4 hour target.
10 day taper ? thats silly, 2 weeks at least.
Disagree. A week worked fine for me (although I'm not suggesting my way is the only way). I just don't believe the scaremongerers. If you're not training really hard (which is most of us, including from what I gather from the OP, you bradders), you don't need a long taper. Agree that you're better rested than tired but with the volume of training most of us do, it's gonna be pretty hard to be tired.
I'm sure you'll be fine bradders, the point I was making without saying so explicitly is that I don't think you've any need to worry about having overdone it with your 23 miler - you can still do your 2 week taper and be fine for your race.
Best of luck
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