I think I know why people find marathon training tapering hard going: it's because after having done the longest training run we have to go out and do MORE running just a few days after! MyAsics demanded 8k at "race pace" from me this morning, and 16k is coming up on Friday. Sheesh. Why am I doing this?
My long run on Saturday was 32k, or just under 20 miles, with a big old hill in the middle. For the last marathon my longest run was 22 miles with lots of hills. I mostly read that the long run should not be as long as the marathon to save one's body from too much of an immense pounding. But then again I just listened to a podcast interview with Jeff Galloway* (seems like a nice chap!), where he said that he thought people should do the whole 26.2 miles in training so they know what they're in for. I used to rather think this myself, but I've ended up deciding to err on the side of caution. And I did a marathon fairly recently, so at least I have some idea I suppose...
Anyway, as I've mentioned elsewhere, the almost-20-miler went well and I'm feeling fine. Impatient Here's a pic for benwill of the Beast-Machine, complete with beast!