advice on half-marathon training

advice on half-marathon training

Post by Errantr » Thu, 09 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Hi all =o),
 A while ago (4 months mabe) I started running for fitness etc. I slowly
built up the distance, and now run about 10km 5 times a week. I was
wondering if theres any special training nessesary to do a half marathon?,
should I just keep increasing my distance? or incorperate mabe 1 longer run
a week?. With friends i've run 14 and 18km runs so I think i'm nearly there.
Any tips would be appreciated!
  J0e.
 
 
 

advice on half-marathon training

Post by Ben Y » Thu, 09 Jul 1998 04:00:00

increasing one run per week is all you have to do.  it looks like
you have built up a base of 30 mi per week

personally i wouls suggest you wait and continue your base training
for another 3 months or so before you train for your half marathon..
just to make sure your body can handle it.  it's possible you could
be overtraining slowly and should you train for your half now you
may get seriously injured which would really suck.

so personally i would say keep building up for another 3 months.
then start your training 3 to 5 months out from the marathon..

then keep your running X per week the same but increase the dsitance
of one of those runs... in fact to try to prevent overtraining you
may want to cut back a few of your runs durning the week as you increase
the distance on your long run.
i.e. right now you are 10k 10k 10k 10k 10k
maybe change that to

10k 7k 10k 7k <LONG RUN>
and your LONG RUN would be (based on about 3.5 months from the half marathon)

week            distance
1               11.5K
2               13K
3               14.5
4               13K
5               14.5
6               16
7               13K
8               14.5
9               16
10              17K
11              13
12              10K
13              8K
(THIS WEEK YOU TAPER.. so maybe 3 to 5K four your four weekday runs)
14              half marahton

this is just an example

i'm sure you will get other opinions as well. take them all and
make a program that you think is suitable for you


Quote:

>Hi all =o),
> A while ago (4 months mabe) I started running for fitness etc. I slowly
>built up the distance, and now run about 10km 5 times a week. I was
>wondering if theres any special training nessesary to do a half marathon?,
>should I just keep increasing my distance? or incorperate mabe 1 longer run
>a week?. With friends i've run 14 and 18km runs so I think i'm nearly there.
>Any tips would be appreciated!
>  J0e.