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