WEEK 8 HALF MARATHON 2018 with SAINTS DAYS 5k and 10K Training Plan At the end of this week some may be running or walking a St. Patrick’s Day-themed 10K RACE DAY! If you are training to run a half marathon later in the spring it will function as a ‘tune-up’ event rather than a goal race. You’ll plan to expend LESS effort than when attempting a personal best 10K. For this reason, there wasn’t a scheduled taper or a ‘peak’ .
If you don’t remember the BLOG post from January 11, 2018 that introduced this training plan, explained the concept of training or “tune-up” races, and linked to a Runner’sworld.com article, you might check it out.
The advice given in that article was to run the 10K evenly all the way through, finishing as if you felt you could have run faster. This race is about gently testing yourself before the half marathon. It provides you with a ‘practice’ race that should build confidence. In other words, easy-does-it, especially at the start. Don’t blast out of the gate and wither before the end.
Also, there’s an article in Competitor.com “How to Use Races to Train for Other Races” by Kelly O'Mara that provides more explanation.
Enjoy an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration with this tune-up.
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