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5/6/15 1:50 P

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They are highly scientific differentiations developed through years of research. A whatever run is whatever I feel like. Could be fast could be slow. A meh run is similar except I may or may not even do it. And I won't worry if I don't. I may even run without a watch...

I also have Pink Floyd runs and Dead Man Running runs but they don't work well in taper weeks.

And I have some friends like you who think 8 miles is reasonable a couple of days before a half. I tend to avoid them the week before a race...

Good luck this weekend!



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5/6/15 10:53 A

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Thanks FBR. I have my HM this Saturday too so I guess we're up to your "whatever" run. Now if only I knew the difference between "meh" vs "whatever" :-p

I normally do an 8M trail run on Thursdays with a bunch of marathoners (and so need the distance) who are trying to convince me 8M is perfectly reasonable two days before my HM.

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5/6/15 10:08 A

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I struggle with the taper a lot. Usually I end up racing not very rested. So this is the plan for this week (HM on Saturday: Running with the Cows - supposed to pour down rain).
Sunday: 6.5M fast- tempo
Monday: 3.42M (slow)
Tuesday: 3.42M (fastish)
Wednesday: 3.42M (whatever)
Thursday: 3.42M (meh)
Friday: Rest (vacation day from work) - walk with the wife.

In the past on Tuesday, I would do a run to the track and do a two mile run at HM pace. Ended up as a seven miler. Well see how this one goes.

You may be wondering why a 3.42 mile run. It is the length of the loop around the neighborhood. I end up running this loop probably a 100 times a year, two to four times a week usually as recovery...

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5/4/15 1:06 P

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It's interesting how different the plans were that you found. What I usually do is closest to coolrunning.com's plan. I'll just do low miles throughout the week and usually rest the day before, or I have done a short walk the day before just to keep everything loose. Of course, my time is nothing to write home about, but this seems to be the best formula for me to not overdo it and come into the race depleted.


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5/4/15 12:20 P

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I'm curious how everyone tapers during the final week. I'm not asking about the final long run, a week before the race. Rather, I'm asking about the 6 days between the last long run and the race.

I've done a bunch of HMs but not particularly fast (just under 2 hours) so I googled "intermediate half marathon training programs" and was surprised. The first hit was Hal Higdon's intermediate training plan:

race day - 6: stretch & strengthen
race day - 5: 4M
race day - 4: 30 minute tempo
race day - 3: 2M
race day - 2: rest
race day - 1: rest

The next intermediate training plan came from coolrunning.com:

race day - 6: rest
race day - 5: 4M
race day - 4: 4M
race day - 3: 6M
race day - 2: 4M
race day - 1: 3M

Next: jennhadfield.com's intermediate plan:

race day - 6: 40 minutes
race day - 5: rest
race day - 4: 30 minute pickups
race day - 3: rest
race day - 2: rest
race day - 1: 15-20 minute run

These hardly seem like minor variations. And they all seem too conservative as well. Admittedly, I've never been one to taper much if at all. So I figured I'd finally try one with a real taper. But what is a HM taper?

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