As I approach the final weeks of preparation before my marathon in Hawaii, I have started to reduce my mileage and get my body well rested, yet race ready, for the starting gun on September 3rd. I am not a fan of the traditional “taper”. A lot of runners take the taper as a large reduction in miles and effort for as many as 3-4 weeks. Personally I like to feel like I am working back up to a peak, and if I shut down too much, I feel sluggish on race day. My coach (kudos to Coach Kyle!) gave me this workout to do on the day before a big race a few years ago and I have stuck with it ever since. The workout is called the Western Austrian Carbo-Load Run.