And. I'm tapering. Just about the right time for it, too. This last week the fatigue started to hit - I'm tired, though I'm still hitting good times in my workouts (and since I run them off of perceived effort, and don't see splits until later, I'm confident I wasn't overdoing them).
This fatigue is a good thing: I think if you're ready to be done with marathon training during the last hard week, you've done it right. If I had felt this fatigue a month earlier, it would have been concerning. And finishing a training cycle feeling uberfresh can be disconcerting - "did I train hard enough?"
Both Friday and Sunday were big confidence boosts - I came into both feeling tired (with a mild sore throat to boot on Sunday). Per my coach's advice, I ran both cautiously, with a conservative feel. It was really nice to check the splits post run and see how fast I had run - they were my best runs this training cycle. I'm in a really good place, fitness wise.
So now I just need to taper. And since I know from times past that it's impossible for me to taper TOO much, I'll be cutting back fairly sharply. Starting with a very easy Monday, since my sore throat has decided it didn't like Sunday's long run too much.
On my plate for this week - a set of 400s at 10K pace with 30 seconds recovery (exact # of 400s TBD by my coach on Wednesday morning) and a 10K race on Sunday as a final sharpener.