Fitness instructor - half marathon training question

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26/12/2013 at 21:07

Hi all,

I am a fitness instructor and I am about to start training for a half marathon. I teach 8-9 classes Sun-Wed and am looking to train whilst teaching - obviously looking to fit the training in around teaching. My question is - would 1 long run and 1 speed work run, be enough to improve my speed as a runner and give me good half marathon fitness? My base fitness level is very good - looking to transfer that to a run fitness level!

Any thoughts/comments/advice appreciated!!

26/12/2013 at 22:08

In short no.

have you run before? If so how far? 

You'd be surprised by how 'fit' you think you are when you say your a fitness instructor. Running's totally different to gym based classes.  

26/12/2013 at 22:25
As Ja5on says, general fitness and running fitness are very different.
I came into running from a background of rugby.
I found getting up to 10 miles relatively easy but really struggled after that due to a lack of specific running fitness.
I would say that you would need to aim for a minimum of 3 runs a week.
I wouldn't worry about speed sessions just get used to running the miles at an easy pace.
26/12/2013 at 23:28

I can't imagine "good HM fitness" on less than 3 runs a week regardless of your fitness background if it is not running.  I remember a thread on here a few weeks back from someone who did gym/climbing and other sports *a lot* with their other half and thought they were *really* fit,  but were really surprised how slow their first HM effort was.  No substitute to running for running really i think.

26/12/2013 at 23:42

Improve? Yes if have come from nothing. Depends where you were in the first place.

27/12/2013 at 06:53

I would suggest the best approach here is to drop speed work and build up the easy running around your work. Easy running will develop your running physiology, in a fairly safe way. Consider a speed session when you are running 4 or 5 runs per week.

while your work may help improve stroke/volume of the heart muscle which is great, you have to target the other end of the aerobic chain, and conditioning the muscles & tendons through plenty of specific training. Build a decent running base and speed will some from this. 

27/12/2013 at 09:46

Fitness instructor? We should be asking you questions! Like does running not count as a fitness activity? Or are you a Zumba instructor/aerobic dance instructor?

the answers above are all bang on and if you need more advice ask a fitness instructor... ;-p

27/12/2013 at 16:30

To be fair a fitness instructor is no running coach. They don't teach the science of running in fitness instructor or personal trainer courses, both of which are very short and specific. Therefore unless a PT has a personal interest or aptitude to running they have no basis to know anymore about it than any Joe public!

27/12/2013 at 18:52
The 2 PTs that I know, actually know about running and incorporate it into training plans... Hence my amazement at the question. It comes under Cardiac training in relation to treadmills. But maybe it is depends on the course that they do.
27/12/2013 at 19:07
Thanks for the responses. Definitely lots to think about. Will try to fit 3 x runs per week - don't want to over do it twitch my classes though! I have ran a half marathon before with long runs but mostly off the classes - not something I'd do again as the last part was not fun and it was not well thought out. Want to do it properly this time. As a poster above said, being a fitness instructor is very different to being a running coach and it is not the same thing as being a PT either - that's a different qualification too.

Many thanks all!

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