Run a PR. Because training for triathlons tends to give us a multisport-first perspective, we don’t often get the chance to peak for an open running race. But through triathlon training you wind up with a huge aerobic base and not nearly as much pounding and fatigue as you would suffer if you were only training as a runner. And that potentially means that, even without too much run-specific fine-tuning, you might find yourself in the best running shape of your life at some point this summer.
By running an open running race (from 5K to half marathon) midway through your training cycle, you not only get a great all-out workout that stokes your competitive fire, you also get a huge confidence boost (especially if you approach or set a PR). You might consider tapering a bit before an open running race to ensure maximum results, but you could always use your running race as part of an intense brick workout or the start of a weekend of high-intensity training.
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