The week leading up to "the race" is definitely my least favorite week of my training calendar. Give me peak-week week after week and I wouldn't bat an eye, but tell me it's time to taper and I will have (at least) four mental breakdowns.
I mean, really, who thought it was a good idea to cut back your mileage AND give your brain all this extra time to
This is the week that runners start putting the final touches on their game plan. For example, getting your #FlatRunner ready as to not forget anything on race day, mentally preparing (and then second guessing that plan 800 times) for your race goal(s), stalking the weather (which, by the way, keeps getting worse and worse the closer we get... the temperature at the finish line is now estimated to be close to 90° on Sunday!), and hopefully getting nutrition on point - including your hydration game.
And the crazy thing is, THIS ISN'T EVEN A GOAL RACE FOR ME. It will be "for fun", to enjoy the sights and scenes of Los Angeles... But my mind knows no difference apparently! And I won't even hint at the fact that we have the Phoenix Marathon less than two weeks after LA because that will really throw this lady's mind space into a tailspin!
What are your thoughts on tapering? Love it or leave it?