rules of success* 10. Trust the taper In the final three weeks before race day, drop your weekly mileage by 25 to 50 percent, but maintain the intensity of race-pace runs and speedwork. Many runners fret that they'll lose fitness. But a 2010 study by researchers at Ball State University found that runners who maintained speedwork but dropped their weekly mileage by 25 percent three weeks before race day lost no cardiovascular fitness, gained muscle strength, and improved race times. ____________ *Amby Burfoot (from Runnerís World) suggests following these bedrock principles to achieve your goals
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