The training plan ‘On To The New Year’ 2017 5K isn’t aimed at helping you turn in your fastest time ever. As explained previously it’s a “keep open” kind of moderate effort, over a busy month, that will allow you to complete a race on New Year’s Eve or Day.
Later in 2017 you will be shopping for training plans for other races, or using one provided by a specific race and you should be able to assess whether or not the plan fits your purpose. It should have a legitimate taper period. Learn more from an article by Sally Tamarkin for Greatist.com, “Running Your Best Race Ever With These 5 Tips For The Perfect Taper”. The author quotes advice offered by experts Terra Castro, a triathlete, and Andrew Kalley and Jason Fitzgerald.
This is what you can expect:
No.1 Discusses the duration of a taper for various distance races. The rule is the longer the race in distance, the longer in duration is the taper.
No.2 Comments on the mileage reduction strategy; usually resulting in a 50% less miles than at the peak of training, with even less considered acceptable.
No.3 Cautions that backing off mileage does not include backing off running intensity and gives advice on how to accomplish this.
No.4 Is my favorite; it makes suggestions on how to “treat yourself well” during this time.
No. 5 Appropriately tells you not to cheat on the taper! It’s such a temptation. There are other “don’t dos” as well.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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