Marthon Week: Less Running, More Stretching

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Marthon Week: Less Running, More Stretching

Tapering during the last week before your big marathon can be harder than training. If all has gone well, you feel good, you want to run more, but you will thank yourself if you plan at least two days of not running during the last week before the marathon. If you have been feeling tired, fit in three rest days. And on the days that you do run, keep the distance a few miles shorter than your normal training distance.

For example, if your normal weekday run is about an hour, cut it down to about 40 minutes, and one day make it 30 minutes. You'll get your running fix, but you'll be letting your muscles rest up for marathon day. Take the extra time that you aren't running and do some stretching both before and after you run.



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