Half Marathon to Marathon Training

Half Marathon to Marathon Training

Post by Benjamin Steve » Thu, 18 Apr 2002 23:01:44


Question...

My friend and I will be running the Indy Mini in less than a month
(May 4).  We've discussed running a Marathon at least once in our
lifetime.  The Sunburst Marathon in South Bend, IN takes place June
8th...a full 5 weeks after the Mini.  My friend and I are both 27 and
are currently averaging around 20-25 miles per week, with our longest
single run being 13 miles.  We've been training since mid January.
I'm aware of the 10% increment rule.  I suppose we could begin a
prorated Marathon training schedule ASAP prior to the mini?

Is five weeks too short of a time to attemp a full 26.2 after training
for a mini?  We plan on finishing the Mini in 1:45 or so.  The
Marathon goal would be something around 4:00...basically we just want
to finish.  Are we crazy for thinking this?  Any experiences?
Suggestions?

Ben

 
 
 

Half Marathon to Marathon Training

Post by David Forbe » Fri, 19 Apr 2002 02:10:30

You are young and you have been running some, so yes you could do it,
but I doubt it will be the most pleasant experience.  You will certainly
want to get some 18-22 mile runs in which will be difficult to do and
keep within the 10% rule.  Some people here think the 10% rule to be a
tad optimistic for many.
There are lots of marathons, so why push it and risk the chance of
having a memorably miserable time.
Good luck at the Indy Mini.

Quote:

> Question...

> My friend and I will be running the Indy Mini in less than a month
> (May 4).  We've discussed running a Marathon at least once in our
> lifetime.  The Sunburst Marathon in South Bend, IN takes place June
> 8th...a full 5 weeks after the Mini.  My friend and I are both 27 and
> are currently averaging around 20-25 miles per week, with our longest
> single run being 13 miles.  We've been training since mid January.
> I'm aware of the 10% increment rule.  I suppose we could begin a
> prorated Marathon training schedule ASAP prior to the mini?

> Is five weeks too short of a time to attemp a full 26.2 after training
> for a mini?  We plan on finishing the Mini in 1:45 or so.  The
> Marathon goal would be something around 4:00...basically we just want
> to finish.  Are we crazy for thinking this?  Any experiences?
> Suggestions?

> Ben

--
Regards,
Dave

 
 
 

Half Marathon to Marathon Training

Post by MrRobotT » Fri, 19 Apr 2002 05:45:29

Quote:
>There are lots of marathons, so why push it and risk the chance of
>having a memorably miserable time.

I agree, you only risk burnout, injury, and it could possibly turn you off to
running for good.

"Make no mistake about it! Without humor, freedom would drive you insane."

Bill              
I am so cool, that sheep count ME before they go to sleep.
http://hometown.aol.com/mrrobottow/

 
 
 

Half Marathon to Marathon Training

Post by Michael Brenn » Tue, 23 Apr 2002 20:44:14


Quote:

>>There are lots of marathons, so why push it and risk the chance of
>>having a memorably miserable time.

>I agree, you only risk burnout, injury, and it could possibly turn you off to
>running for good.

>"Make no mistake about it! Without humor, freedom would drive you insane."

>Bill              
>I am so cool, that sheep count ME before they go to sleep.
>http://hometown.aol.com/mrrobottow/

If you are really planning to run a 7:45min/mi 1/2 marathon, a 9min/mi
1st marathon is achievable 5 weeks later. You will need to get your weekly
mileage up to 45 mile/week for at least 4 weeks, and make sure to do at least
two 20+ mile runs prior to the big day at the 9min/mi pace, and allow a week
of taper - slow easy runs not more than 25 miles total - the week prior too.

Those miles after mile 20 are where the real test will come. I dont think it
necessarily has to be a miserable experience, just be careful not to set
too fast a pace.

--mikeb

 
 
 

Half Marathon to Marathon Training

Post by MrRobotT » Tue, 23 Apr 2002 22:04:47

Quote:
>Those miles after mile 20 are where the real test will come.

Very true, but don't get to psyched out by everyone telling you that you'll hit
the wall, I ran 26 miles and it never happened. My secret to increasing your
mileage is: to go twice your normal distance, cut back your MPM to something
like 10 or 12 per mile, and you'll be surprised how easy distance running can
be. The speed will come later.

"Make no mistake about it! Without humor, freedom would drive you insane."

Bill              
I am so cool, that sheep count ME before they go to sleep.
http://hometown.aol.com/mrrobottow/