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FADE OUT AGAIN

WITH MARATHON DAY APPROACHING, IT’S TIME TO TURN DOWN THE VOLUME ON YOUR TRAINING WITH OUR TAPERING GUIDE

All the training and hard work is done. The long runs are behind you. The miles are in the bank. You’ve put in the hard yards and as your race draws near, you are so close to achieving your goal. But you can’t sit back and coast just yet. The art of running a great race is reaching your peak at the right time – ideally on the day of your target race. You have to plan to peak and prepare to reach race day feeling fresh, energised and ready. Putting the final touches to your marathon preparation is called tapering. Get the final few weeks right and you give yourself the best chance of hitting your target. Get it wrong and you could jeopardise achieving your goals.

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I never had any desire to run a marathon. Yes, I watched it religiously every year from 1984 when Charlie Spedding set the then-English record and marveled at the speeds. But it didn’t hold any appeal for me. I was a track runner, a thoroughbred, an out-and-out speed merchant; the thought of running 26 miles consecutively, back-to-back, was just too monstrous a thought. And then I started working in running and I realised that, for 99% of the population, running IS marathons. No one ever says ‘ah, you’re a runner, what’s your 1500metre time?’. The first question anyone asks is ‘have you run a marathon?’. Fortunately, I’m now in the happy position to say yes. Several in fact. And more half marathons than I can actually remember. But running a marathon still isn’t easy. If it was, more people would have done it. It takes training, and work, and effort and a resilient mindset that says ‘I’m not going to give up on this journey’. In this special issue, we reveal the secrets, the highs and lows and the training that can get you round a marathon. There’s something here for everyone, even if you’re an experienced marathoner. As Emil Zatopek famously said: “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”