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!!
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.
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.
Improve? Yes if have come from nothing. Depends where you were in the first place.
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.
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
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!
Hey Fitchick2 did you start your training yet? I also teach group fitness as well as work a 40 hour workweek aside from that. I was able to juggle it all for a few half marathons but never on less than 3 runs a week and ran best when running 4 times a week. It is very difficult to fit it all in without overtraining (for me) I am always interested to hear how other fitness instructors do it! Let me know how you made out / are making out!
Luckily I have a very good friend who is a run coach, fitness instructor, personal trainer, and experienced racer. So she really did help me, I had her do me a training plan. She told me when I needed to get a fitness class covered in peak training weeks or recovery weeks, etc. Helped me decide what type of running was best.
Good luck it's not easy to figure out.
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