Taper wise, my last long run (20miler) will be September 7th. After that I'm still running the same number of times but not the same amount of miles - about 50% of my biggest volume week, so around 20miles per week instead of the 35-40.
In the last week, I've got an easy 4M, an east 3M and an easy 2M with marathon paced strides, the shortest being the Friday before the race.
Taper is, as everything else, different for everyone. I like keeping moving and worry that I'll forget how to run after three weeks. Some people don't run at all for the month before the race, cross training instead.
The advice I've read is: don't run less, run fewer miles. Don't use up your free time by doing housework and heavy lifting. Feel free to cross train with swimming, walking and/or cycling. Oh, and make sure to use the RW forum for taper madness time!
In terms of diet, I will try to increase my carb intake and make sure I drink enough water from about four days before the race. I don't eat anything new and I definitely don't eat meat the day before. Remember, you've trained for this. You know what to do.
Excellent, thanks Eggy, I think I'll join you in a virtual one! Now there's an idea, a virtual LSR. I'm sure with technology these days we could all hook up phones and skype and stuff. Might get confusing though.
Was very sensible last night and decided to take the night off from running. My left hamstring's been bothering me since Sunday and my throat feels full of golf balls. The plan said 5miles steady but I reasoned as I'd cycled to work and back(10miles) I was allowed a night on the couch.
Physio appointment booked for Friday evening and I drove to work today so back to running tonight - 7miles easy pace.
LSRs is a hard balance - too many and you knacker yourself pre race,not enough and you death march for the last six/teen miles. Erk. I only have two 20milers on my plan and the next one falls on the same weekend as the Spitfire Scramble - a 24 hour relay race where I'm probably going to run 5 x 5.8mile loops.I might do the 20 the weekend after - the first week in September. That'll give me some nice taper time. Or will it be too near to Loch Ness?
Seeing Mr KS start half training is really interesting as he's learning how to pace differently and how much his body can put up with. It reminds me that I need to think about my pacing too and forget the monkey on my shoulder telling me I can't do it. Ooh also, I got The Chimp Paradox the other day, will definitely read that!