Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,546
6/5/12 12:32 P

In my experience as a former, track, cross country and road running coach I have found that the runners I have worked with tend to fare better with an off day before any form of "race" even if they are only doing a road race to compete against themselves.

LAURENBNJ SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (14,631)
Posts: 170
6/5/12 12:31 P

You can do a short easy run the day before. I wouldn't push for speed the day before. You've already conditioned yourself for that and you won't be able to improve much just from the night before. For 3 miles, I would just keep running as a normally do, since I've been running for a long time.
If you are normally very tired after a run, it might be best to rest. Good luck!

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
Fitness Minutes: (68,349)
Posts: 1,708
6/5/12 12:23 P

Since my regular routine is to run 3 miles, m w f, on a treadmill, I firmly believe one should have a day of rest before a 5k. I just think the body will do better when fresh. Have fun.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
6/5/12 12:11 P

I think it depends on your current fitness level. If this is your first 5K, I'd say rest. If you run pretty regularly it's your call.

LITTLEKITTY13 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (8,872)
Posts: 2
6/5/12 8:44 A

I usually run the day before mainly because I sometimes feel sluggish after a day off of sitting around sometimes i feel great. I also keep the run short and end the last 10 min at a faster pace to get the body ready for competition followed by sprinting drills and dynamic stretching followed by regular stretching. I usually run the day before since I never start my running week out with a workout, so why would i race after a day off?

But taking a day off is personal preference and what you are used to.

SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,546
6/4/12 1:49 P


I would suggest you not run the day before since you have not rune in a road race before. 5K is 3.1 miles so well withing your current training.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (168,147)
Fitness Minutes: (159,892)
Posts: 15,084
6/4/12 1:48 P

Rest the day before.

MUSICSOUL1075 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (5,261)
Posts: 21
6/4/12 1:45 P

yeah sorry about that i didn't know how to put it, should i've said 3 mile run, so is it recommendable to keep running until the day before the competition or should i rest so that day i'm fresh

GRANDMABABA SparkPoints: (276,976)
Fitness Minutes: (154,189)
Posts: 9,438
6/4/12 1:41 P

For 3 miles you can run pretty much up to the day before if you are in pretty good shape. But, marathons are 26.2 miles, not 3 miles. At 3, you are close to a 5k. Good luck.

MUSICSOUL1075 SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (5,261)
Posts: 21
6/4/12 1:37 P

I will run a 3 mile marathon in a few weeks, I'm conditioning every day, running more than 3 miles, do I have to stop running a few days before the marathon or do I keep running until the day before?

Page: 1 of (1)  




Other Fitness and Exercise Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
Spartan Race 9/9/2015 11:33:44 AM
I may take a break of exercise today. Feel blah. 2/26/2016 12:54:56 PM
Jillian Micheals revolution program 7/25/2015 2:03:12 PM
Whats the best way to find a workout buddy? 2/3/2016 1:27:01 PM
re- fitness minutes since I started sparks people, 1/13/2016 9:46:30 PM