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Question about my 1/2 marathon training...

froglegs2010-05-02 03:11:08 +0000 #1
So about 5 weeks ago, I rather impulsively signed up for a 1/2 marathon on 1/20. At that time I was only running two or three times a week, 2-4 miles at a time. So with the help of the training schedule creator thing on the Runner's World website, I cobbled together a schedule which I have for the most part been sticking to (the exception being when I pulled a hammy and then got sick a couple weeks ago and took a few days off).

My plan is rather aggressive in that I am increasing mileage quickly. Other than one tempo run per week, I am just focusing on increasing mileage (no speedwork). I cut back on the cycling, and am now up to 4 runs and around 18 miles per week. My long run yesterday (and longest to date) was 8.5 miles.

So now I have five weeks left, and I was hoping some more experienced runners might be able to help me figure out how to approach these last few weeks.

My plan looks something like this: 10mi next Sunday, then 11, then 12, then 7 the Sunday before the race. 3-4 easy miles on Tuesdays. I also run on Thursdays, tempo runs of increasing length, from 4 miles this week up to 7 miles (including warm & cool) a week and a half before the race. Then 2-3 easy miles on Saturdays. The last week is just a couple of easy 4-5mi runs with nothing for two days prior to the race.

Any & all comments and suggestions are welcome..... thanks!!!!!

anakiwa2010-05-02 03:17:23 +0000 #2
Sounds reasonable to me. If it starts to feel like too much, back off faster.

Good luck in your race!
michelem2010-05-02 03:18:08 +0000 #3
Sounds good. I had big plans for my 1/2, but my training got waylaid by real life - injuries, illness, and such. So, my longest run was about 9 miles and that was well over a month before the race. I barely ran for the 6 weeks prior. I finished in a respectable time. I only wonder how well I would have done had I been able to train properly! You'll do just fine . . .
Grog2010-05-02 04:18:18 +0000 #4
I'm not a half-marathoner veteran, but it does look good to me too.

I'm not sure you really NEED to run the 12-miler though. You could stop at the 11-mile mark and leave it at that. That will give you a little more time to taper and reduce your mileage. You don't want to get to race day exhausted!




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