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Is this junk miles?

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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="">
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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="">
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