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MARATHON TAPER CAPER

It can be the hardest part of marathon training, but get your taper right and you could be in for ashiny new PB!

“LET YOUR BODY RECOVER AND FRESHEN UP BEFORE THE BIG DAY

You may be just about to run your marathon this year, or have already done it. Either way, get your taper right and those race-day photos will be full of smiles. Get it wrong, and you’ll be wishing the photographer had never said ‘cheese’.

Why do we taper? Understanding a little physiology may help. Training puts stress on the body and the muscles, causing fatigue. When you rest, these muscles have a chance to recover. After stressing your body through training, it attempts to rebuild muscles a little stronger so they can keep coping with the new workload. Having adequate rest so our bodies can adapt is key; not enough rest and over-training, illness and injury occur.

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Speed up with the June issue of Women’s Running magazine, on sale now! We’ll run you through some classic sessions to build your running pace, and show you 11 smart shortcuts to running better. No problem running fast but can’t make the mileage? We’ve got expert advice on building up your distance. We’ll also show you how to take to the trails with confidence, and how to look after your body so that you steer clear of injury and illness. Plus, we’ve got all the usual must-have kit for road and trail, inspirational stories, race reviews and much more.