WEEK 10 TURKEY TROT 2017 WITH TRACK DAY 5K Beginner Training Plan starts Monday. These workouts will be cutting back on mileage and time spent training after 9 straight weeks of ramping up. But you will be running without a scheduled walk break. Try your best not to walk during the 20 and 25 minute run-only sessions Wednesday and Saturday. If you feel the need to slow up, do so briefly. Imagine you are decreasing speed in advance of a water station to grab a cup and take a few swallows.
This week will serve as a kind of taper; usually not needed for a shorter distance race like a 5K. This plan was designed with a few extra days of training to accommodate unexpected days off, so that’s why it’s got this cushion. A taper helps you to rest your legs (less mileage/time running) but maintain intensity (run-only sessions), in order to make a’ best’ effort on race day Resist the temptation to cheat by run longer/farther, and accept the taper as a wise tactic.
If you have come to rely on a higher level of activity for weight control be aware that you might need to cut back a bit on caloric intake. Take the extra time to prepare for the upcoming holiday. If you are traveling to your Turkey Trot, double check arrangements and start packing, if you haven’t already. Get your costume together if that’s in your race day plans!
Enjoy the building excitement that comes with running a goal race. You've earned it.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K 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 and longevity.
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