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Hello everyone, I am new to this site so this may be posted in the wrong place!!! so I apologise, but I need a quick answer!!
I am doing a 10k on sunday, but I had a 12 day layoff with an injury and illness. I went for a 3 mile easy run on sunday (1 week before race) and feel i need to go twice more before this sunday to get back some fitness, yet I read that its better to take it easy in the last week!!
I am a regular runner (usually 3 to 4 times a week, doing between 3 and 5 miles) and did a 10k on 7th Sept, but only done 2 runs since :(
Any one have any good advice?

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It is usually better to take it easy the week before a race - IF you have been doing the hard miles in the preceding few weeks.

I don't think you are going to gain any lost fitness in the next few days, it will be a case of just getting your legs turning over again - personally I would do a couple of easy 3-4 milers, rest the day before the race, and just treat the 10k as a training run without putting any pressure on yourself to excel.

More experienced runners might have better advice though :cool:
 

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I think it's generally considered that it takes up to around 2 weeks for your body to reap the benefits of a training run, so in your last week leading up to a race you're certainly not going to improve your fitness at all, really you just want to be keeping your muscles ticking over with a few short and slow runs, with a few short steady bursts in there from time to time (known as strides).

Ultimately you don't want to be doing anything that might leave you short of energy, or with tired muscles come race day ;)
 

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I think it's generally considered that it takes up to around 2 weeks for your body to reap the benefits of a training run, so in your last week leading up to a race you're certainly not going to improve your fitness at all, really you just want to be keeping your muscles ticking over with a few short and slow runs, with a few short steady bursts in there from time to time (known as strides).

Ultimately you don't want to be doing anything that might leave you short of energy, or with tired muscles come race day ;)
Good advise right there.
 

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Thanks for the advice, I managed only one run since my original post because of a chesty cough. I was wanting to do two, but my legs were feeling prettty fresh on the day. It was only my 3rd 10k race and I got a P.B. and first sub 50min run :) 48.42. I even did it with a bad stitch for the last 5 k!! I guess I will need to get my breathing right now, Theres more to this running than I thought!
 

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Great run Ian, Glad it went well.

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Great going well done :d
 
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