We actually rarely taper AT ALL. We don't need training plans for shorter races and sometimes just add those to our calendar on a whim. Our marathons and 70.3 were some of the only recent races where we have tapered.
I used to hate tapering when I was a swimmer. I actually WOULDN'T when I was in high school and I did pretty well at the end of the season (for the most part). In college my swim coach didn't really understand why I didn't want to taper, and I would give in somewhat.
I think that part of the reason I don't like to taper is that I get antsy or feel lazy, though I know my body needs some time to rest if I want to do well. This may also be the reason why I struggle with recovery runs because I know I can go faster and feel like a slacker if I don't, though I am getting better at this.
These past two weeks have been all about taper since, other than our 70.3, the Erie Half Marathon this Sunday is my biggest race of the year. I have been taking most of my runs easier, with the exception of a pretty fast run last Thursday but someone had upset me prior to the run and I think that fueled the fire a bit.
I have been hydrating, compressing, eating well and getting enough sleep (though that isn't usually a problem for us). I've also been checking the weather, and it keeps changing, but it doesn't look like it is going to be too bad.
Mike at one of the Presque Isle lighthouses we will run by on Sunday
Us at the other lighthouse, not sure if we run by this or not
I'm excited to go to Erie again, specifically Presque Isle where the race will take place, and put my body and mind to the test. I know I can do this, and I WILL get my sub-2 half marathon!