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Post  mountandog on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:04 pm

Don't think I've done too much damage to my training but............looking for opinions.

I've been on the Pfitz 24wk/70mile plan, so I've been at this a while. Am probably about 90 miles short to the whole 24 week plan (travel, tendonitis, etc., occassionaly got in the way) Hurry up Boston while I still have a semblence of motivation, a 24 week plan is a long time.

The last couple of weeks were supposed to have totalled 70 and 64 miles. I actually ran 58 and 54 primarily due to races (a half marathon and a recovery day instead of a 20 miler two weeks ago, and a 5 mile race instead of a 10 mile race run last week). This is week one of the taper and it calls for 58 miles -- essentially the same that I have actually run the past couple of weeks -- ha. Some taper, eh. Might end up being kind of a weird 5 week taper. 46 is planned next week, then 30 the week before Boston.

So - should I run the 58 this week or cut back a bit on the mileage to start a taper, keeping the same quality for tempos, MP, etc or run it as planned?
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Re: Taper Question

Post  Nick Morris on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:24 pm

@mountandog wrote:Don't think I've done too much damage to my training but............looking for opinions.

I've been on the Pfitz 24wk/70mile plan, so I've been at this a while. Am probably about 90 miles short to the whole 24 week plan (travel, tendonitis, etc., occassionaly got in the way) Hurry up Boston while I still have a semblence of motivation, a 24 week plan is a long time.

The last couple of weeks were supposed to have totalled 70 and 64 miles. I actually ran 58 and 54 primarily due to races (a half marathon and a recovery day instead of a 20 miler two weeks ago, and a 5 mile race instead of a 10 mile race run last week). This is week one of the taper and it calls for 58 miles -- essentially the same that I have actually run the past couple of weeks -- ha. Some taper, eh. Might end up being kind of a weird 5 week taper. 46 is planned next week, then 30 the week before Boston.

So - should I run the 58 this week or cut back a bit on the mileage to start a taper, keeping the same quality for tempos, MP, etc or run it as planned?

I would say continue on with the 58 that are on the schedule. When you do start tapering down, I would recommend to continue to run with the same intensity as during your training cycle.
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Re: Taper Question

Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:39 pm

I use a 2-2.5 wk taper and I think you are fine running 55-58 miles this week and then tapering to Boston.
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Post  Chris M on Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:23 pm

I like 2 week tapers and with Boston being on a Monday and me always doing Monday-Sunday weeks, it is really a 15 day taper I do. I would keep the mileage at 55-60 this week and start the cut in mileage on Monday, April 2.
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Re: Taper Question

Post  wrichman on Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:53 pm

I say go with the plan esp. since it's on Monday -
I'm doing 70 this week, 50ish next week, 30ish week of race. I'm already having trouble cutting the miles! lol
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Re: Taper Question

Post  Ben Z on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:35 pm

Get back to the plan.
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Re: Taper Question

Post  Dave-O on Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:16 am

Stick with the program. If anything, because of your reduction the last two weeks, you don't need as sharp of a taper.
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Re: Taper Question

Post  mountandog on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:41 am

Thanks all. 100% in favor of sticking to the plan. EZ decision.
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