2 B Races // Small Taper and Recovery?

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    Hey David,

    I am planning my next training segment coming off a 50k. I took 2 weeks off per your post and just started marathon 1. My goal is to crush a full marathon and increase my training.

    I would like to do two B races in between. I don’t recall reading anything on mini tapers or recovery for B races and was curious if you would approve of this.

    Week 1 – 9 normal train.
    Week 10 Race week 22k, mini Taper
    Week 11 Recovery week
    Week 12-13 train
    Week 14 Race week 25k, mini Taper
    Week 15 Recovery week
    Week 16 – 21 Finish planned training
    Week 22 Race

    Would you eliminate these extra weeks for the B races?

    I greatly appreciate your feedback and understand if you don’t have the time to answer. I have already been blown away by your service!


    David Warden


    Great to hear from you and thanks for the compliment. Typically, A, B, and C races have the following tapers:

    A- Full taper, 10-21 days
    B- Scheduled for a rest week
    C- No taper, just a training day

    So, for you, we want to try and fit your two B races on week 10 and 14 as rest weeks. It’s unlikely that those races will just happen to fall on rest weeks (they might). So, just switch the rest week week to fall on the event date.

    The only rule behind this is that there must be at least 1 regular week between rest weeks and no more than 4 regular weeks between rest weeks. For example, there are some acceptable combinations:

    – Rest, Regular, Rest
    – Rest, Regular, Regular, Rest
    – Rest, Regular, Regular, Regular, Rest
    – Rest, Regular, Regular, Regular, Regular Rest

    Here are some unacceptable combinations:

    – Rest, Rest, Regular (or at least, that’s a full taper, so could be used for an A race.)
    – Rest, Regular, Regular, Regular, Regular, Regular, Rest

    If you follow those “rules” you can just swap weeks so that your rest weeks fall on those two race weeks.



    Hey David,

    Thank you very much for the detailed response! It was perfect.

    Have a great rest of your weekend!


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