So I don’t really do running plans that much. I mean, I have my own plan in my head of what I’m going to do. Weekend long run. A recovery run. A middle distance run. Speed work (tempo runs, intervals). But I don’t follow the big plans since they don’t really fit my schedule and honestly without being remotely competitive in my age group, I don’t think it will matter. But I do want to taper correctly and while I had a basic taper in place for my last marathon, I wanted to see if I could find anything better.
Instead of one plan, I found three! They’re all at this great wiki page: http://fellrnr.com/wiki/Main_Page The thing I like about these plans is they are plans you can apply to your actual training schedule and not a set plan. The three different concepts are a linear taper, slow exponential taper, and a fast exponential taper. I plugged it all into a spreadsheet and got this:
My intention is to go with the slow exponential taper. That’s in between the linear & fast tapers. I’m really happy to have this…I feel pretty comfortable about using this up to the marathon.