Marathon vs. Half-marathon training

Marathon vs. Half-marathon training

Post by Wes Schynge » Wed, 21 Jul 1993 10:51:00


I ran a marathon in May (my first). For the past couple of months
I haven't really done any serious running. I want to start up
again and am thinking of running a half-marathon in October. My
question is this: if, generally, 12 weeks is considered the
"normal" training period for marathons (I trained about 10.5 for
my marathon, finished in 4 hours after hitting the wall badly at
20 miles), does  that mean I could train successfully (i.e., be
able to run at around 7.5/8 min pace) in 6 weeks for the half?

Thanks,

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Wes Schyngera
Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec

 
 
 

Marathon vs. Half-marathon training

Post by Dave Britt » Wed, 21 Jul 1993 12:17:41


Quote:
(Wes Schyngera) writes:
> I ran a marathon in May (my first). For the past couple of months
> I haven't really done any serious running. I want to start up
> again and am thinking of running a half-marathon in October. My
> question is this: if, generally, 12 weeks is considered the
> "normal" training period for marathons (I trained about 10.5 for
> my marathon, finished in 4 hours after hitting the wall badly at
> 20 miles), does  that mean I could train successfully (i.e., be
> able to run at around 7.5/8 min pace) in 6 weeks for the half?

Look, it all depends on your own particular physiology, and that
is what you have to get to know. Last year I ran my first marathon
in 3:03:27 on 6 weeks of training (ie, my first ever run over 20k
was 6-weeks before the marathon; and a total of only 50-odd km/week.)
This seems to be on the low side from what I read on this newsgroup.
Other people will require much more. Since you ran a marathon in May,
and the conditioning should last at least a month, I would say that
a half marathon in October should be simple (hell, I intend to start
training for the Montreal Marathon - sep 19th - when I get back from
China on Aug 20th --- but that is my particular insanity :)
Basically, you just have to learn about your own body, and whilst
you do so, I suggest you "just go for it". Carpe Diem.
Dave.