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Extending 1/2 marathon training plan to include more x-training days?

zia2010-05-01 07:16:24 +0000 #1
So... Runner's World magazine (August 09) has a nice beginner half marathon training schedule. *Nice* for me because it includes two x-training workouts per week. I am very injury prone, so have switched to triathlons, so this would work nearly perfectly as an off-season goal.

Except... I'd really like three days of running and three days of x-training (2 bike, 1 swim, and then 2 swim, 1 bike the next week). It's a 10 week schedule. Would there be any disadvantage to extending the schedule to 13 weeks and doing the 3 run/3 x-train?

It would be nearly the same number of workouts with less weekly mileage.

The only issue I can think of is that a 13-week training plan might be a tad long... but the lower running frequency should balance that, no? I should add that I haven't been able to run over 6 miles without pain since 1990. But I think if I build up gradually it should be able to do it.

Probably over analyzing... need outside perspective...
Wahine2010-05-01 07:26:06 +0000 #2
Zia - I'd like to comment on this but I'm shooting in the dark without seeing the training plan. I tried to pull it up on-line but several are available. Would you be able to find a link to the plan you're looking at?
zia2010-05-01 07:53:21 +0000 #3



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