Tapering Guidelines for the Indy Mini

It’s been a long time coming, but the high-mileage training days are in the rearview and sights are set on race day for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon! You’ve been pounding the pavement and it’s finally time to reel in the miles and harness your months of preparation.


The intricacies of the mental and physical balance of running, while training for the Indy Mini, are even more prominent during the stages of tapering. Methods of tapering differ, but these guidelines will put you in the right head space to create an individualized program for a peak performance on race day.


  • Remain vigilant, but recognize that your hardest workouts are behind you.
  • Gradually decrease mileage, starting one to three weeks before race day.
  • Get a feel for race pace and adapt your muscles to a pace that is sustainable for 13.1 miles.
  • Avoid potential injury and soreness, think recovery and rejuvenation.
  • Make healthy choices; sleep, nutrition, and hydration play vital roles in preparedness.
  • Trust your training, relax and be fueled by your progress.


Tapering might sound overwhelming or confusing and truth be told, no one has it down to a science. Your body is prepared to finish 13.1 miles and tapering will maximize hours of training.


Less than three weeks stand between you and the 2018 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. The Indy Mini course is flat and fast, but training is all downhill from here. Happy tapering!


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