One workout that you’ll see on most training plans, from one-size-fits-all to an actual good plan created by a coach, is the shakeout run.
I’ve put a shakeout run on the schedule of most of the athletes I coach over the years, so clearly I’ve bought into the need for doing a shakeout run the day before the race.
Or have I?
Curiously, there is no mention of doing a shakeout run in Be Ready on Race Day.
And I haven’t actually done an easy run the day before a race since Pocatello.
So are shakeout runs really necessary? Or are they just one of those things that runners do because other runners do them, so we should probably do them?