5 top tapering tips
1. Don't panic about your preparation
Everyone has last-minute nerves. Trust in your training. Use this period as an opportunity to visit the London Marathon website. Get to know the course, the water stations, the cheer points and map the race out in your head.
2. Do keep your running this week light and easy
A few short, steady runs (2-3 miles) will help you burn off any excess energy and pre-race nerves. Don't be concerned about race pace or distance. This is just about keeping you ticking over. The hard work is done!
3. Don't feel the need to do one last long run
Some runners use this time as an opportunity to run 20 miles at marathon pace - to prove they can do it. This is a recipe for disaster. Pushing yourself to the limit now would dramatically increase the risk of injury.
4. Do rest up
Take this opportunity to give your body (and mind) a well-earned rest. Treat yourself to a massage, put your feet up and conserve your energy for the big day.
5. Plan your post-race celebration
It's going to be incredibly busy around London on race day. When you cross the finish line, you're going to be tired, relieved and euphoric in equal measure. Save yourself a bit of stress by choosing a venue for your post-race celebration. Check the menu and make a reservation so that you can enjoy your achievement with friends and loved ones.