Back to the Real World: Now What?

Thoughts and observations collected after walking 2,650 miles in the wilderness... My feet STILL hurt. It's been almost 5 weeks now since we finished the Pacific Crest Trail and my feet are still swelling and aching. Usually pain comes first thing in the morning, when I'm at rest, if I walk too much (go figure) [...]

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Taper [tey-per]; the reduction of exercise before a competition or race.

Tapering is reducing the volume of weekly training mileage during the final two to four weeks leading up to a marathon - which to runners, feels like a lifetime.  What happens when you taper? Tapering allows glycogen stores to return to peak levels in both the muscles and the liver. Metabolic enzymes, antioxidants, and various hormones, [...]