Half-marathon "training?"

Half-marathon "training?"

Post by Dirk » Sat, 20 Jun 1998 04:00:00


This year, I've run my first ever 5K and 10K. I'd like to re-double my
efforts, literally, and do a half-marathon at the end of September.

Right now I'm up to about 60 minutes on my "long" weekly run, at around
an 8-8.30min/mile pace. I'd planned on adding about 5-10% or so to the
time each week.

I typically run about 4x/week; I'm starting to work in some interval
training.

And I lift weights 2-3x/week. So my weeks are basically *booked*,
fitness-wise.

I have seen a training program for a half-marathon and it looks a lot
like what I was doing semi-intuitively, anyway. ***Except***

a) I'm supposed to run five times per week and
b) I'm supposed to do some cardio cross-training once a week

Well, I don't feel like running 5x/week. Nor do I wish to add another
day for cardio cross-training.

What do you guys/gals think? Should I just go on running 4x/week, level
off at around 12 miles or so for my long slow day, taper off two weeks
before the race, and run the half-marathon? Would this doom me to injury
and regret if I don't follow the more stringent training program more or
less to the letter?

Or--if I could somehow persuade myself to add one more day to my current
4x/week schedule--would it make more sense to just add one day of
running, or one day of cross-training?

--Dirk

 
 
 

Half-marathon "training?"

Post by Carpathi » Sat, 20 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>What do you guys/gals think? Should I just go on running 4x/week, level
>off at around 12 miles or so for my long slow day, taper off two weeks
>before the race, and run the half-marathon?

Some marathon training programs have you out running six days a week, some only
three or four days a week. Thousands and thousands of people have successfully
completed marathons following these various  plans...it's all about your
personal needs and what works best for you.

I think what you're doing for a half-marathon is just fine, except perhaps do
15 miles for your last couple of long runs before tapering.

Good luck!

 
 
 

Half-marathon "training?"

Post by Kieran Snyd » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>This year, I've run my first ever 5K and 10K. I'd like to re-double my
>efforts, literally, and do a half-marathon at the end of September.

Allow me to suggest the Philadelphia Distance Run, if you haven't already
considered it (based on your recent race comments I take it you're in
northern NJ, which is actually where I am now visiting my dad for the
weekend, and I think I'll close this paren now). I'm running it for the
first time this year on the recommendation of lots of people I know
who've had great experiences with the race (and also because I live
there... ).

Not training related, but a plug for what I've heard is a well-done race.

Kieran

 
 
 

Half-marathon "training?"

Post by Sam Call » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Your training plan sounds fine.  I will argue that if you can cover half the
distance in training easily for runs to the 1/2 then you can FINISH the run.
However, if you want to finish the race feeling OK, then you need to add some
miles.  If your long runs are 12 miles, then you can be assured of being able to
finish.  The interval workouts are good.  I think you will be fine.

 
 
 

Half-marathon "training?"

Post by Dirk » Sun, 21 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Thanks everyone. I just plain worry too much.

Oh, and Kieran, thanks for the tip about the Philadelphia ? marathon.
Actually, I had one sort of picked out, it's in Rockland County NY, last
weekend in September. (which, yes, is near where I live, in those
gritty, rough n' tumble 'burbs of Southern Bergen County, NJ) But your
post is in my "NG Keepers" folder just in case.

By the way, I'm finding that--surprise--it's really tough to run in the
middle of the day when it's 90F in the shade! Must've taken three
walking breaks today. I might have to get out the door a weeeee bit
earlier on Saturday for my long run if I'm ever gonna run that race.

contemplating a think-piece-post on my trip to Foot Looker today,
Dirk

Quote:

> Your training plan sounds fine.  I will argue that if you can cover half the
> distance in training easily for runs to the 1/2 then you can FINISH the run.
> However, if you want to finish the race feeling OK, then you need to add some
> miles.  If your long runs are 12 miles, then you can be assured of being able to
> finish.  The interval workouts are good.  I think you will be fine.

 
 
 

Half-marathon "training?"

Post by Mike Tenne » Tue, 23 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>This year, I've run my first ever 5K and 10K. I'd like to re-double my
>efforts, literally, and do a half-marathon at the end of September.

Better late than never...

Your plan sounds good, Dirk. If you want to only run 4 days, only run 4 days.
All plans are general in nature. Just be sure to get a good mixture of runs,
like you have planned. Don't neglect the speed work just cause you're doing a
longer distance.

Mike "TriBop" Tennent

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