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My Journey to the Marathon (8):
Time to Taper

The hardest part of the training period is now over, and now it's time to taper for the big day. Yesterday morning I did my last long run, a distance of 28km - 7.5km shorter than last Sunday's but at a faster pace of 5:47min/km.

In these last two weeks before the Marathon, training intensity and mileage are reduced in order for the runner to be in his optimum shape for the event. In fact, this week's training involves only a tough hill session on Tuesday, an easy 8km run on Wednesday, a 5km tempo-run on Thursday and an easy 6km run on Saturday before a final 15km run on Sunday. The last week then just involves one 8x400m speed session and a very slow 6km run. Looking forward for the last week for my favourite part of race preparation: carb-loading!

Basically, the countdown has now started. 13 days left for my lucky birthday with a milestone.

One last reminder, if you haven't already done so, below are the details  for making your small contribution to Inspire. More information on the work Inspire does can be found in their website and in one of my previous blog-posts.


I am running the Marathon for Inspire Malta (www.inspire.org.mt). To support my run and make a donation for this charitable institution, send an SMS to one of the below numbers, with the text "Mark Sammut, Malta Marathon". Thanks in advance on behalf of Inspire.
50617359 - €2.33; 50618080 - €4.6650618926 - €6.99; 50619215 - €11.65 

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