The tapering actually began last week unexpectedly. Sometimes things really don't go as planned and it's best to listen to your body and modify your schedule, rather than adhere to the schedule and tear your body down. It's important for me to remember that what I'm doing is meant to be fun and to reach my goal. I'm not a professional athlete by any means, and there's no reward for tearing my body down when it's telling me it's time to rest. So, this past weekend, instead of completing my planned 40 mile run, I opted for a 15.5 mile run and a rest day. Although completing a 40 mile run would have given me a huge confidence boost leading up to my next race, the rest was really what I needed. So, last week I ended up with 33 miles instead of the planned 60. Thus, the beginning of my tapering started before I had planned.
This week I have 52 miles planned. My every-changing schedule for the remaining of March and through April 10 is as follows: