A Different Kind of Taper

This is the first time I have used the Pfitz plan to train for a marathon. In the past I have mainly used some form of one of Hal Higdon’s plans. There is a big difference in the taper between the two approches. The Pfitz plan taper is not as dramatic as the Higdon. Also, with the Pfitz plan you keep the intensity up as you cut back on the mileage. (For example, yesterday was 7 miles with 8 x 100m strides.)

Today was the last VO2Max workout. The plan called for 8 miles with 3 x 1,600m @ 5k pace and jogging 2 minutes between sets. That is basically running a 5k in the middle of an 8 mile workout.

Luckily, it was clouding over as I started out after work. Shortly after the first mile, it began to sprinkle. Just as I started the first interval, the rain picked up but it was never very hard. It was a nice change compared to all the hot runs this summer. All in all, it was a good run.

Training for the week
Sun: Rest/Bike
Mon: 7 miles – 1:07:31, w/ 8 x 100m strides
Tues: 8 miles – 1:12:21, w/ 3 x 1600m intervals

2 Responses to “A Different Kind of Taper”

  1. Joe Ely Says:

    I dunno, but I think you may well like the Pfitz taper. It seems to resonate to keep the intensity while backing off on the miles. I think you’re gonna be in good shape in Chicago.

  2. Michele Says:

    Ugg, I am not looking forward to the remainer of this plan.
    When are we going to get some fall temps? Maybe my pace will improve.

    Great job on the runs. You are going to do great in Chicago.

    Have you checked out the multi marathon section yet? Would love to see you at Rocket City.

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