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RE: Just ran Berlin, 10 minutes slower than PR. Please help with a post-mortem
Did you really do no running your last week, then 9 miles a few days before? I suspect not, but that's what your post sort of sounds like. What mileage did you actually run each day once you started reducing mileage?

A typical marathon taper might last 1 week minimum up to 4 weeks maximum, although 2-3 weeks are more common, and involve progressively running less volume. So if you peak at 80 mpw in week M-4, you might run 64 in M-3, 50 in M-2, and 40 (including the race) in M-1.

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