How to taper for 8 and half mile race

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May 2015
8:33pm, 21 May 2015
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Ewilson25
Hi all
I started running on 1st march. I did the birmingham 10 k 3 weeks ago in just under one hour. I am running the great midlands fun run a week on Sunday. This run is 8.5miles. I have built up to run 8 miles last Monday, and ran 4 miles last night. It took me about 1 hour 15 to run the 8 miles. I run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Between now and a week on Sunday, what should I run I'm prep for the race??
May 2015
8:37pm, 21 May 2015
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santababy
Just do whatever tapering you did for 10k, you'll be just fine :)
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8:37pm, 21 May 2015
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santababy
Ps, welcome to fetch!
May 2015
8:42pm, 21 May 2015
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Ewilson25
Thank you. I didn't really taper for the 10k. When I ran the eight miles on Monday, I had really sore knees the day after, but they are slightly better now. Perhaps on Monday run maybe 4 miles and another 4 miles on Wednesday, then no more until race day. Or should I be doing a 6 or 7 miles run??
May 2015
8:49pm, 21 May 2015
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santababy
No, you've done your 8 miles, if you're going to do longer do that as your next run then short ones closer to race
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10:16pm, 21 May 2015
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Ted
And Satanbaby dispenses wisdom, it has been said.

Welcome to Fetch Ewilson. :)
May 2015
10:16pm, 21 May 2015
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Dvorak
Welcome to Fetch, ewilson. I'm not really one for tapering, the most I try to do is not tire myself out in the two or three days before a race. However, I've done a bit more running than you, even if not very fast. So for you I would suggest just not much in the week before. If your knees are fine tomorrow I'd say 7 is a good idea; if they are not do less. More important to get to the start line without any niggles than run a few extra miles. Couple of four milers next week sounds OK or maybe three miles with a faster mile in each.
May 2015
10:20pm, 21 May 2015
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Dvorak
Though I'd say also that if you can change your run days at all going on Saturday or Sunday would probably be better than tomorrow. And if you do 6 or 7, do them slower than on Monday.
May 2015
11:40pm, 21 May 2015
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Ewilson25
Thank you for all of your responses. Yes, I think I will try a 6 or 7 mile on Saturday morning, then a 3 mile next Monday and Wednesday, then rest for three days.

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