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What pace should you run at while you e tapering?

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Apr 2012
10:23am, 17 Apr 2012
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I'm into taper now for the Manchester marathon in 2 weeks time. I'm going out on shorter runs and running at what seems to be a comfortable pace but it keeps coming in at around marathon pace or about 15 seconds under it.

Is this too fast? Should I slow down or is it good that my 'natural pace' seems to be around marathon pace?
Apr 2012
10:34am, 17 Apr 2012
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I am tapering for Sunday and am struggling with this too.

Largely by being a bit faster than MP and I would like. It feels like natural pace but won't be my MP.
Apr 2012
10:36am, 17 Apr 2012
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In my mind the rule is to significantly lower the mileage but keep the intensity so what you are doing seems fine to me.
Apr 2012
10:37am, 17 Apr 2012
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I tend to run at about 30-60s slower than mara pace overall, but with a 1-2 fast miles (one on sunday was 50s faster than MP). I also do nothing over 5M in marathon week. However I tend to 'shut down' rather than taper mileagewise
Apr 2012
10:41am, 17 Apr 2012
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Mark J
My schedule says I should still be running at the same pace as pre-taper, just less miles.
Apr 2012
10:45am, 17 Apr 2012
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LeGreg - 41% toeslag, 59% onderzoek
I'm with Mark J. Same pace as pre-taper, maybe just throw in strides.

But Manchester's a short one, innit, no point tapering for that. Why don't you do the proper one? :-D
Apr 2012
10:46am, 17 Apr 2012
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Bah this might all be right, but it's very inconvenient, unless someone can move either my house or work so they're temporarily closer together.
Apr 2012
11:06am, 17 Apr 2012
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Lovely, thanks guys.

I tried THE marathon last year Greg but it was too far, I only managed halfway before I had to pull out. I'll just stick to the easier ones until I'm ready for the ULTIMATE challenge.

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