I know some marathon plans have a 3 week taper but I definitely prefer a 2 week taper. With the Columbus Marathon in 15 days, I ran my last long run today and did 20 miles in 8:40 pace. I started at Schiller Park again and ran the first half of the marathon course since last time I did the second half of the course. It definitely wasn't my best long run but with all things considered...I've had a cold all week, worked some 13 hour days this week, and it was my first cold/rainy/windy run since late winter/early spring...I was happy. Plus, I tend to run my long runs much to fast anyways for my race goal so running at a slower pace was probably a good thing.
I'm pretty sure Todd is glad this was my last long run too since he rode his bike alongside me again for the third time this training cycle.