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9/6/13 10:14 A

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This was my thought this week when the run schedule showed "run two miles". Huh? Just do it. Trust the Taper. We'll see on Sunday.

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4/14/13 10:30 P

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I have seen many run buddies who are strong runners but don't taper enough before a race and are consistently disappointed with their race results. I'm a broken record: Respect the taper! :)

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4/13/13 8:47 P

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I have to say that this technique worked for me. I followed a training program that dropped mileage but maintained speed work prior to race day and I got a personal best in my 10K race.

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4/13/13 9:49 A

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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.
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*Amby Burfoot (from Runnerís World) suggests following these bedrock principles to achieve your goals



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