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.
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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!
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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.
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.
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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.
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