Taper-ending tempo — now the rest begins

Today’s run (treadmill): 2.6 miles

I finished my taper this morning with a progressive tempo run on the treadmill. I would have liked my last training run to happen outdoors but the wet weather kept me inside. In a way it worked out well. My original plan for an outdoor run was to cover a mile as quickly as possible and nothing more. On taper week you want quality miles even if it means running less of them. Since I was on the treadmill I changed my plan and did my run starting at an easy pace and increased speed every two minutes so that by the end I was running 25% faster than when I began.

My overall pace wasn’t impressive but I thought the exercise was beneficial. Over the past couple of months my strategy has been to finish my runs faster than I’d begun. It would be great to achieve negative splits during Sunday’s 5K. I’m looking forward to a couple of days rest and hoping for the best on Sunday.

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