14th May 2023, Leiden Marathon race day. I was well-prepared, confident, and felt great. The overall conditions were optimal. Nevertheless, I crossed the finish line as the last one (around 800th place). What could possibly go wrong?
Marathon taper is the period of time, a week or more weeks, leading up to a marathon where runners gradually reduce their training volume and intensity in order to allow their bodies to recover and prepare for the race.
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