The unfortunate truth about training for long-distance races is that you can spend weeks, months, and even years preparing for your goal event, sacrificing countless hours of sleep and time with family and friends, and bending your schedule into a pretzel in order to train, then completely sabotage your race in the critical days before the big event.
Think of the taper—the week right before the marathon—as the time to fill up your car with gas. You can have the fastest, prettiest car around. But if you don’t fill the tank with gas, you’re not going to get anywhere.
Here are five common tapering mistakes, and how to avoid them.