Today will be something like 3x800m at 6 min pace and then a couple of 400s slightly quicker, like 10k effort. I am not getting too hung up on the actual particulars. Today I will run relaxed and flowing allowing my mind and body to come together for a couple of miles. The pushing the limits stuff will have to wait until Saturday.
Finishing up at the Reindeer Fun Run 5k; 16:25
I find that after a cycle of speed work when we head into the taper, that the body begins to crave this particular sort of running and when it is deprived the body becomes restless, then lethargic... so you have to find balance. In this case, for me, I have discovered that teasing myself with a hint of hard work is enough to get the spirit wanting more.
Once this is established all that is left to do is wait and run with patience on the big day... and not fall off of anything in the meantime!