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Updated November 08, 2013

Definition: Tapering is the training phase right before a long distance event, such as a marathon, when a runner starts to cut back on his or her mileage. Marathoners typically start tapering 2-3 weeks before their race. This reduced training phase gives runners a chance to rest, recover, and mentally prepare for their race.

Also see:
How to Taper Before a Marathon
Marathon Mistakes to Avoid: Skipping the Tapering Period
You Know You're Marathon Tapering When...
6 Common Tapering Mistakes to Avoid

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