Help Needed with Half-Marathon Training

Help Needed with Half-Marathon Training

Post by Jim Vermeul » Sat, 08 Jul 1995 04:00:00


A junior on my varsity cross-country team has just decided to compete in a
half-marathon the first week of August. She is coming off spring track and
competed in 1500 meter trials for the New York State Empire Games in
mid-June(did not qualify). She has been running lightly(15-20 miles) since the
trials.

In the limited time available, what training schedule would be of most value
to her? Her best times are: XC 5k - 19:38; 1500 - 4:56; 3000 - 10:42.

Thanks in advance,
Jim Vermeulen

 
 
 

Help Needed with Half-Marathon Training

Post by Mark Mayall (MESTEP » Sun, 09 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
>A junior on my varsity cross-country team has just decided to compete in a
>half-marathon the first week of August. She is coming off spring track and
>competed in 1500 meter trials for the New York State Empire Games in
>mid-June(did not qualify). She has been running lightly(15-20 miles) since the
>trials.

>In the limited time available, what training schedule would be of most value
>to her? Her best times are: XC 5k - 19:38; 1500 - 4:56; 3000 - 10:42.

>Thanks in advance,
>Jim Vermeulen

Does she really have to do a race this long? Is it at all negotiable? I
suppose it depends on whether she plans to actually *race* or just
participate, but focusing on an August race could possibly lead to burnout
by mid to late cross season. I imagine she's old enough to handle running 13
miles at once, but is she old enough to handle the repeated 10+ mile long
runs and longer tempo that are needed to get really sharp for the distance?
If I were you, I would tell her to either just run to finish or not even
bother. There are much more important things for a high school athlete to be
concerned about.

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Mark Mayall