Longer, More Strict Tapers Improve Marathon Performance

A analysis of the taper patterns of recreational marathon runners and their implications for race-day performance.

barrysmyth
Sep 28 · 8 min read
Photo by Sid Leigh on Unsplash

The taper is an important part of marathon training. It refers to a period of lighter training in the 2–4 weeks before race-day. The basic idea is for the runner to reduce their…