half marathon training advice

long runs/sore foot/ getting enough miles in

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16/02/2014 at 14:15

Hi

Last week I started off feeling really low with a bit of a virus. I didn't get as much mileage in as I would have liked. I tried to make up for it later in the week when I felt better and failed to think how this might effect my long run of today. I had planned to do 12 miles (HM is in two weeks) but having done 7miles at 7pm yesterday, I only managed another 7 today. Technically this is quite good as I've done 14 miles in the last 14 hours. On the other hand, I'm not really getting the benefit of going for longer am I? I probably could have gone longer today if it weren't for a sore foot. I get a pinching, cramping sensation under the arch. I've tried exercises, taping and stability shoes but sometimes theres no getting rid of it. Other times its fine. My question is, if I want to get a run of 12 miles in soon, would it be a good idea to do it in the week? Or should I let it go and maybe do one at the weekend? Its my first HM, I've gone up to 11 miles two weeks ago, 10 miles last week.

 

16/02/2014 at 15:18

Wait until next weekend. You have much more chance of overtraining than you do of under training. I look at my mileage in terms of my weekly amount, not just over Sunday to Saturday but also over the last 7 days. if your 12 miles would not put you over your miles/time on feet for the last week/7 days then you might get away with it but I wouls not risk it when your target race is so close.

16/02/2014 at 15:38

I really believe that you should never try to play catchup. 

If you miss a run so be it.. Just get healthy and if out for less than around 10-12 days then just carry on with the plan. 

16/02/2014 at 17:50

Thanks. What about if rather than adding more miles to my usual weekly set, I  combine maybe two of them into a longer one, just to get a longer duration run in?

16/02/2014 at 18:05

As long as you don't run it to quickly  and probably can have a very short 5k recovery run on the other planned day, then I guess hardly over plan  

16/02/2014 at 18:19

 It doesn't seem a bad idea.


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