Half marathon during marathon training

Half marathon during marathon training

Post by Felix C » Wed, 03 Apr 2002 16:07:50


Hi!

I am planning to run my first marathon in three weeks on April 21st. I
will participate in a half marathon next weekend as part of my training.
The half marathon will be the last longer run before I start tapering.

I am not yet decided what my goals should be for the half marathon.
Should I run it as I have planned the first part of the marathon
(meaning: relatively slow) or should I try to run the half marathon as
fast as possible? What are your recommendations?

Felix

 
 
 

Half marathon during marathon training

Post by Steve Freide » Wed, 03 Apr 2002 22:44:27

Quote:

> I am planning to run my first marathon in three weeks on April 21st. I
> will participate in a half marathon next weekend as part of my training.
> The half marathon will be the last longer run before I start tapering.

> I am not yet decided what my goals should be for the half marathon.
> Should I run it as I have planned the first part of the marathon
> (meaning: relatively slow) or should I try to run the half marathon as
> fast as possible? What are your recommendations?

You might try running it at your goal marathon race pace to get a
feeling for maintaining that pace for a relatively long time.  I
wouldn't recommend racing it, although it's conceivable that someone
with more experience might wish to.

-S-

 
 
 

Half marathon during marathon training

Post by Doug Frees » Wed, 03 Apr 2002 23:00:57

Quote:

> I am not yet decided what my goals should be for the half marathon.
> Should I run it as I have planned the first part of the marathon
> (meaning: relatively slow) or should I try to run the half marathon as
> fast as possible? What are your recommendations?

A lot depends on your recovery rate. If you are not sure
and want a conservative approach try half-n-half.  
Run negative splits with the first half at your marathon pace
and then pick up the pace for the second half.

--
Caveat Lector
"the further you go outside, the further you go inside" - B. McKibben
Doug Freese


 
 
 

Half marathon during marathon training

Post by Kelly » Thu, 04 Apr 2002 12:09:40

If it were me (I ran my 1st marathon in early December) I would run it as a
dress rehersal for the marathon.  My thinking would be that I wouldn't
expect there to be much advantage (to the marathon preparation) in running
it fast this close to the main event.  You'd be better off getting the
experience of the long run.  But, it's a close call.

Having said that - I'll admit that I'm planning a 27 April marathon, and
I've signed up for a 15 km race this weekend, and I plan to give it a go.

Kelly


Quote:
> Should I run it as I have planned the first part of the marathon
> (meaning: relatively slow) or should I try to run the half marathon as
> fast as possible? What are your recommendations?

> Felix

 
 
 

Half marathon during marathon training

Post by Angela S. Ca » Thu, 04 Apr 2002 13:14:58

Quote:


> > I am not yet decided what my goals should be for the half marathon.
> > Should I run it as I have planned the first part of the marathon
> > (meaning: relatively slow) or should I try to run the half marathon as
> > fast as possible? What are your recommendations?

> A lot depends on your recovery rate. If you are not sure
> and want a conservative approach try half-n-half.  
> Run negative splits with the first half at your marathon pace
> and then pick up the pace for the second half.

It depends on your race rate, in order to do this is to maintain your
pace while you run and then you will slow down your running pace, such
as walking during the race after you run the first part of the race.

Angela

 
 
 

Half marathon during marathon training

Post by Chris Smit » Thu, 04 Apr 2002 13:43:21

Quote:

> > > I am not yet decided what my goals should be for the half marathon.
> > > Should I run it as I have planned the first part of the marathon
> > > (meaning: relatively slow) or should I try to run the half marathon as
> > > fast as possible? What are your recommendations?

Good luck with your races, you've already received some sound advice. For what it's worth,
my personal experience: in mid-December I ran my first ever half marathon but had 7 weeks
after that to my second marathon ever Feb. 17. For that half marathon race, I ran slightly
faster than my goal pace for the marathon and finished in just under 2 hours, it was a good
training experience...I felt I had some gas left in the tank but was better not pushing it
too much, I think.

Feb. 17 I ran a 4:27 marathon. My long run three weeks before my Feb. marathon was 22 miles
in 3:53, so I was running a GOOD bit slower than my marathon pace and tapered and recovered
in plenty of time to do well in the marathon.

I think Doug's advice is the best of all--whatever pace you start at, run faster the last
half of your half-marathon than the first half, even if only by a few seconds per mile; if
you can exercise that discipline, it will give you a great feeling about your race plan for
the marathon. Definitely don't run a flat out best possible race and then expect to be at
your best 3 weeks later for your first marathon.

Good luck.

Chris