Training for my first half marathon in May and wondering if anyone could give me some advice re: my training plan - is it better to train by distance or by time?
As it's my first 1/2 I'm not bothered about an outstanding time (I'll worry about that the next time!), I just want to get round the course in on piece.
Varying advice from training plans as some have you concentrating on increasing mileage and some have you increasing time but give no indication of distance you should be covering...
Any help or advice would be much appriciated?
PS: Currently running a 10k in approx 56mins
For my first half I'd gone no further than 10 miles in training and the last 2 really really hurt. Since then I've run overdistance at least once in the month/6 weeks before, and I think it's helped no end.
As to if you train based on time or distance, I would say that has to boil down to what suits you. I find it easier to plot a route and run a distance than I do to have enough flexibility to run to a time. Running with a deadline always leaves me feeling under pressure - and then I tend to go faster than might be comfortable. But it might suit you.
Whichever you choose, I would make sure that you're gone close to, if not over the distance or have a run of longer time you expect the half to take, then you're prepared.
Personally I find it mentally easier to run to distance rather than time, I've just always done it that way. There seem to be mixed reports as to which is better, but personally I think in terms of distance so would probably push to get to the distance I wanted antway if I tried to do to time.
If you're new, or fairly new to running, then I'd also say concentrate on time on feet. If you're following a plan, your runs should be of increasing lengths of time but if you're not following a plan, then ensure you increase gradually and every 4 weeks, have a cut back to allow yourself to recover, then pick up again for the next four weeks.
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