Hi all. I am currently signed up to do a 10 mile race in mid october and then a half marathon on Dec first. I am currently running 3 times a week and do 6 miles per run. I plan on upping this to 7 miles per run maybe next week or the week after then doing this for a couple of week and upping the milage again. Is this sufficient training for the half marathon in December? Is three runs a week ok, i do no other training.
J1M thanks very much for your response. Are you saying to always keep 2 of my runs at 6 miles and only increase the third run up to half marathon distance?
I agree with J1M, structure helps you improve, otherwise you're just training to run 6 miles at your comfy pace. Just make one run your long one (and make it slow - so you can chat nice and comfortably - to an imaginary running partner!). Increase length it by 1-2 miles per week til you get up to 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or however high you're going. (My longest training runs for HM are around 10/11 miles). This long slow run gives you endurance and mental stamina. Keep another run at 6 miles (make this a steady, mid-pace run, so you can talk in short sentences). You could play around with the last run, add in some faster paced miles as intervals; if you do I'd be tempted to make it shorter, say 30 mins intervals or a tempo run (just sustainable pace, where you can praps only utter a word or two).
You definitely can do a HM training on 3 runs per week, I am living proof! I tried going up to 4 and got ITB problems. Now I run 3 times and cross-train once. But you do need to use 3 runs wisely to make sure you get some endurance and speed in your legs.
BTW your 10 miler is really well positioned to give you a good idea of how you're doing and how to pace your HM. Use it as one of your long runs. Good planning! And don't forget to have a wee taper before your HM; I definitely recommend it. Good luck! Where are yr races?
Thanks RosRunner, My orignal plan was to keep upping my milage for the 3 runs. But i will try your and J1M suggestions. I am from the south east of ireland so my race's are on in Waterford, ireland.
Ok... So got up this morning at 8:00 AM and went out the door and ran 7.5 miles in 70 Minutes. Quite happy with it altough try as i might i could not go any slower, some may say thats slow enough.
I also didn't eat anything before the run and felt quite weak when i stopped do people eat just before they run early in the morning.
Sorry for resurecting an old thread but i am going to do my first half marathon tomorrow. Training has gone well and i got up to 11 miles in trainig runs, however i am not sure if this is enough to see me through the 13.1 miles.
Does anyone have any last minute advise for me regarding tonight and tomorrow morning. I told the wife it is better if i stay off my feet for the evening, i.e, sit on the sofa and watch xmas movies with my 6 year old. She just looked at me and said yeah right. any other advise, race is at 11:00 when should i eat breakfast? i usually do my LSR at 8:00.
Sorry for the questions just begining to get nervous....................
Thanks RosRunner great advice, particularly regarding the old jumper to keep warm before the race, its going to be 2 or 3 Degrees C here tomorrow. I will report back hopefully with a time rather then a DNF
Done it in 2 hours 2 mins delighted with that, it was a really tough course. Thanks for alll the advise. Altough 2 mins is a bit cruel!!!!!!!!
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