The time has come for me to dare myself to taper for Ice Age. There is a tendency on my part to want to squeeze a bit more in. I am starting to believe tapering for a 50 mile can be a bit different than tapering for a marathon. Seems to me one has done a few 4-6 hour runs and the process may take longer. I rarely ran more than 3 hours in marathon training. I usually choose to emphasize on pace work and hard medium long runs for marathons. The general thought was to run 75%, 50%, and 25% of average mileage the final three weeks.
The logs have revealed something entirely different. There is credible evidence I may do better with much less than this. One example is 2009 when I ran a 7:20 at Ice Age. It was more like 50%, 50%, and 17%. I am under the impression if I do too much 3 weeks out then a full taper may not occur. Age is a part of it as well.
I say age, because as I watch runners 10-20 years younger than me they simply do recover quicker. Like some, I tend to believe the rule does not apply to me. I have confirmed this thought is wrong and I will need to make alterations. There are days when I feel solid and other days it is drudgery. Since there isn't much I can change 3 weeks out from Ice Age, the one thing I can do is rest properly. I thought about getting in a solid effort of 60 miles next week, but I think I'll be in the 40s.