Just Finished My First Half-Marathon (Yay) BUT...

Just Finished My First Half-Marathon (Yay) BUT...

Post by MancardT.. » Thu, 01 Feb 2007 12:47:45


I need some advice. First of all, I finished the half marathon... but
not much else. My time was about 2:30, which is right at where my
training said I would be. Despite the less then impressive time, it
was a great feeling to finish. So good that I've set my sights for the
full marathon a year from now. That's where I could use some advice. I
really want to take the full year to make a gradual build up so as to
not put any undo stress on my body. However the only training guides
I'm finding are for 4 months. What I want to do, is spend the next 8
months building my endurance up so that I can then use once of those 4
month training guides. The problem is, I'm not sure what type of
running I should do for that. Is it best to just spend the next 8
months gradually building up my mileage (i.e. Increase the weekly
"long" run by a half mile or so every week), or should I work in
interval training, etc.?

Just FYI. I'd like to set a goal of finishing the marathon in 4:30.
I'm not sure if that is realistic given my half time, but I figure
since I've got a year, I should be able to get there (assuming I stay
healthy).

Any advice on how best to approach training given my goals, timeframe,
and current fitness level would be greatly appreciated. Again, I did
try to find the information on my own but all I could find was
relatively short-term training guides.

 
 
 

Just Finished My First Half-Marathon (Yay) BUT...

Post by Elflor » Thu, 01 Feb 2007 13:08:32


Quote:
> I need some advice. First of all, I finished the half marathon... but
> not much else. My time was about 2:30, which is right at where my
> training said I would be. Despite the less then impressive time, it
> was a great feeling to finish. So good that I've set my sights for the
> full marathon a year from now. That's where I could use some advice. I
> really want to take the full year to make a gradual build up so as to
> not put any undo stress on my body. However the only training guides
> I'm finding are for 4 months. What I want to do, is spend the next 8
> months building my endurance up so that I can then use once of those 4
> month training guides. The problem is, I'm not sure what type of
> running I should do for that. Is it best to just spend the next 8
> months gradually building up my mileage (i.e. Increase the weekly
> "long" run by a half mile or so every week), or should I work in
> interval training, etc.?

I'd say do both. The primary focus in the next 6 months should be in bringing
down your times for shorter distances -- you need your half marathon to be much
faster than 2:30.

Pick a half marathon in early fall, and set it as a target race (it needs to be
late enough that it's not in hot weather, but otherwise the earlier the
better). Work your training schedule around that. Include shorter races as well,
short races give useful feedback without placing large demands on recovery.

btw, if you're looking into setting up a good long term training program,
get the Jack Daniels book. This book has periodised schedules for up to a 24
week duration, and does a good job at explaining the principles behind setting
up a year-round training program. Whether or not you use the actual schedules
is up to you, but what's more important is to have an idea about how to set up
a long term training schedule.

Cheers,
--
Elflord