So I'm in taper mode before the big race in 11 days (as of the time of this writing). How did the final few weeks of training go? In a nutshell: simply awesome!
The final week leading up to the taper was a real ramp up of over 100k on difficult terrain or over various distances at various paces. In July I ran close to 200 kilometers, which is pretty superb given my busy work and family schedule. I did my best to manage cortisol levels (stress hormone) and ensure a steady effort throughout the month. A co-worker asked me if I was ready and I stated, "Yes." Confident in my training, and still scared to heck over the actual race. I think that's a healthy balance!