Tapering is where you reduce the amount of training you are doing weeks before the marathon. If you want to give your body the best chance of achieving its optimal potential running the marathon as well as reducing the risk of injury, then yes, you do have to taper.
Your training should peak no later than two weeks before the marathon and you should do very small amounts of low-level running, or rest completely, the week before the marathon.
If you are not sure how or when to taper get in touch with Lucy and her physio team.
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