Should I scale down my running intensity the week of a race?

Should I scale down my running intensity the week of a race?

Answer by Edwina Cheer:

Absolutely. Not completely, but you should taper down. How much you run the week of a race depends on the distance of the race and your fitness level. Nutrition should also be taken into consideration at this time.

For the 3 full marathons I have completed, I would taper down and run 20 minutes 3 days beforehand at an aerobic pace, 10 minutes 2 days out and then take the day off completely before the race.

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