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I need your opinion.<br><br>
I just ran 5K this morning - with w/u and some additional miles afterwards before quickly heading to another commitment was 8 miles. My (slightly adjusted) schedule calls for 15mile long run today. (I am in taper for a marathon - 2 weeks to go). I was thinking to run another 7 miles to make it 15miles total today. Would this be 'junk miles' - just running to make the # - without a clear purpupose?<br><br>
Just to give you a little more complete picture, a tune-up race was suggested Sat (8-10K) then a long run of 15miles Sun today. I couldn't find any race yesterday so I ran a 5k today instead. I had a short interval workout last Wed. and will have another one (1600x3) this Wed. By running just 8 miles today instead of 15miles, my weekly volume is about 40% down from the previous week, which is way more than a typical taper suggested by many experts (usually 20-25% down for the taper week #1). Other than a slight tightness in my hip (which is very normal), I don't have any physical/potential injury concnern.<br><br>
Maybe this is TMI.... but I just don't want to de-train myself. I think I did that heading to Boston last year.<br><br>
Thanks for your quick help. Yes, I need your suggestion soon <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Before my IM Sheldon started splitting up my long runs (for recovery purposes).<br><br>
I don't think yours would be junk miles...but I'm not USAT certified or anything.
 

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I think you have to go with how you feel on this one... If you raced this morning, and you did a good warmup and cooldown, that would be plenty for me. But if that's just a little bit of nothin' for you, then go ahead and do the extra miles. But if you're feeling something in your hip, then I'd rethink it....<br><br>
Did you really race this morning, or was it just a 5K with other people? I think that makes a difference, too. If you raced, I'd just recover this afternoon. If you just took it easy, then treat it as a broken long run, as Tithers suggested.<br><br>
How do YOU feel???<br>
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No, you RACED, now you are done, go for a swim or spin on the bike, but if you raced it hard, then you are done for the day. Doing more miles on tired legs would be for what purpose? If you feel a real need to get that last long run in, do it midweek, or just move on.
 

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Yes, I raced. Raced hard - well that is the only way I know how to run a race. Won a cute "Superbowl" knit cap with 1st AG win. Was hoping for a better time to win masters to get a free shoes but didn't quite have it. The course was longer - somebody told me 3.2 mile instead of 3.1mile. Then my pace would have been 7:05/mile which I felt about right. 29F with a little wind. For a warmer day, I might have PR'ed. Never know.<br><br>
I think I am done. Thanks JR, spinning sounds like a good idea to get loosen up and do thorough stretching which I didn't have a time to do before heading to the Church.<br><br>
I did enough long runs (3 20 miles). Move on. Thanks again. Now I can relax <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Try not to be a bean counter. Number are merely suggestions. No more. No less. No special number will ensure a personal best. The only thing that counts is you putting in enough work such that you feel confident in your abilities, and those where you are not, you at least have the fight in you and the confidence that you will give it your all so that the fear is abated.
 

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yup. time to crosstraing or just recover.
 
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