It’s hard for me to control my diet and drinking during taper. I feel so FREE since I don’t need to get up at 4:xx to squeeze in crazy high mileage workouts before work. So I feel like I can allow myself beers, which leads to crappy eating. I still am WAY better than I used to be in my younger, crazier years. Now I just hate being hung over so much that I usually only have a few anyway. Still, I feel like I should be better about my eating and drinking during taper. But then I remind myself that I’m not an elite, or even semi-elite, or even super-speedy runner. For me, living is more important than running. So I’m gonna allow myself cheetos and beer during taper. And if it means a few seconds or minutes off my marathon finish time, so be it!