DECREASING YOUR RUNNING MILES SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE NEXT 2 WEEKS of this taper may be the most difficult part of the entire training plan! So focus NOT on how many miles you are running but on how you can use this time to prepare you body for the test of the race in other ways.
In training and running races of 2+ hours, the most physical strain and fatigue I experience in the last several miles seem to involve my back/torso. To hold myself upright and pump arms and move legs forcefully against a relatively non-mobile fixed core is tiring. Did you feel fatigued carrying yourself upright during and after the 13.5 mile run yesterday? In these next 13 days or so (depending on your specific race day) you can concentrate on foam rolling your upper shoulders and back to relieve tension, and perform some planks, push-ups, and dead-bugs to strengthen your core a few days each week. There will be a bit more on this in an upcoming post.
Enjoy the rest!
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