Half marathon training advice

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18/04/2014 at 17:57

As part of training fir a half marathon which takes place in two weeks time, I ran the 13.1 miles at the pace Im hoping to run at in two weeks last sunday. I had a sore calf for a day or two then I tweaked my hamstring on wednesday morning and it has been sore since. 

I know that it might take til next Wednesday or later to rest it and make sure its right. Now 

Normally I'll run tge full twice in training to get used to the time on my feet and distance and pace ran. 



In light of all this and with two weeks to go, am I better of just resting the leg so its better and hope that the training ive done means all I'll need to do is a few 10k runs at a gentle pace in the taper week ahead of raceday?



Your help would be appreciated!



Ta all.

24/04/2014 at 21:40

Hopefully, you've been resting as the only thing you can do in the two weeks prior to a race that will affect your performance on the day is injure yourself.

I don't understand why you would put your body through a half marathon at race pace in training? You ran the race before the race....

Hope you're fit and well in time for race day.


24/04/2014 at 21:45
I've done it before and eeverything has been fine. I tried a 5k run on Tuesday and it still feels the same. Race is next Sunday unsure whether to not even think about runng on it and just swim or cycle until the race as I don't want to feel even more undercooked than i will do!
cougie    pirate
24/04/2014 at 21:46

Maybe you need to spend less time running and more time reading about training ?

Hope you get over the injury but why would you race your race before your race. Who does that ?
24/04/2014 at 21:48


As wiggly says - you've run the race already!

The usual advice is to run your training runs slower than race pace. And that in one or two long training runs - you run part of it at race pace - not all of it!

You're totally ready for it.  Just rest. Stretch. And have fresh legs for race day and enjoy.

24/04/2014 at 21:48

Err that's just plain wrong you have run it and are doing it again 2 weeks later it just seems pointless as you've proved by getting injured. The whole point of training is to be ready to push harder on the day, yet it's not even exciting for you as you've done it 2 weeks ago. 

24/04/2014 at 21:53
Well I've done it before and have been fine. I don't have the time always to read about training so I just wait for helpful comments from people like cougie to keep e going.

So no running then. I'm okay with that. No swimming or cycling even though it's low possibly no impact. Me and the Mrs are trying for a baby at the mo so not stopping that!
24/04/2014 at 22:05

"yet it's not even exciting for you as you've done it 2 weeks ago." I disagree. It's about producing the goods on the raceday for me. Any footballer can bang in 12 goals a day in training, but he has to do it on matchday. Why does everyone always seem to run quicker in a race?


24/04/2014 at 22:06

If you REALLY want to train.  I totally and utterly recommend looking like a prize idiot and doing aqua jogging.  I did it when I was injured.  I've recommended it to others and they have sworn by it.  Apparantly elite runners do it. Although I think they might have a better pool rather then the one in the middle of a council estate that I used....

.....you just need to buy a foam belt. Strap it on. And pretend to jog in the deep end. It gives you a good work out. It's the next best form of exercise to running on land as it uses the same muscles but has no impact. (don't run in the shallow end - the aim is that your feet have no impact with the floor).

It'll keep your fitness up. Keep your muscles strong.  But it won't hurt or damage. Yay.

But you do look stupid and all the swimmers will hate you.

cougie    pirate
24/04/2014 at 22:07
Well most of us haven't run the race already
24/04/2014 at 22:08

erm, and if you get injured and can't run...you'll have all the time in the world to read about the training that you can't do becuase you're injured. 

Just saying..

24/04/2014 at 22:09

Lord boz: because they have trained to a plan, and tapered so they are fresh and ready to go, not knackered, utterly exhausted, and just repeating yet another training run. 

24/04/2014 at 22:18
Don't have time to read a few articles about training... Really

Runs race distance at race pace - that's not race pace then if you've trained - it's a time trial. People run quicker in a race - because they race after training for it...

I'm baffled how people are so stupid
cougie    pirate
24/04/2014 at 22:27
Lordboz - sorry if my reply wasnt as comprehensive as you'd like - but why should I spend 10 mins typing out stuff that you could google quicker. If you could be bothered.

There are plenty of half marathon plans out there. I've yet to see one that says practice your race a fortnight before the race.
25/04/2014 at 05:20

Keep training hard and take painkillers.  Expect to get injured.   Don't worry about it though. When you DNS Just send them your time trial numbers from last week and they'll ruffle your hair and give you a medal and goody bag anyways. You young scamp. 

Edited: 25/04/2014 at 05:21
26/04/2014 at 08:11

Boz: yeah everyones being a bit of a rude git about it, there is a tendency sometimes here for it, which i don't think they see as being quite off putting and counter productive. However, the masses here are generally (near always) right, as they've got various experiences to go from, and when they agree on something,.. you really should listen. For the first 5 months when is started last year, i did the same, i ran all training runs at race pace, because i hadn't researched, and didn't understand the benefit that would come from running them slower. As i had to increase long runs in prep for my first half marathon, i was finding it hard, and the advice on here about slowing down, seemed wrong and silly, and hard. However after just doing it slower for a few months, and getting through my first half mara, i really saw the benefits from it. It doesn't feel awkward anymore to run (or jog i should say) at a slower pace for my long runs etc.  

So that's advice for the future, and for after your race,... rest of this week, i'd say just rest it, maybe do something short and gentle on tuesday and thursday to see how it is and if its improving. You've done all the training you can do that's going to be effective for the race, let that be enough.

hope your race goes well, and your injury eases off enough for it.

26/04/2014 at 10:39

Everyone's rude?! How rude! 

26/04/2014 at 12:07

except for you Kaffeeg :P, your aqua running suggestion sounds like a great idea,.. i don't think i could cope with the angry swimmers however :P.

cougie    pirate
26/04/2014 at 12:20
This seems to be a repeat of his over thread asking for advice anyway. He seemed happy with the advice he got there. Not sure why he asked again ?
26/04/2014 at 12:30
Maybe waiting for the answer that suits him rather than the correct one.

Getting used to time on feet and getting used to race pace should be 2 different sessions. They build up to come together on race day not before.
I'd suggest resting if you are feeling injured and spending the time you would have spent training to read up on some training plans and the theory behind all of the different sessions.

Most runners make the mistake of trying to run all of your long runs at race pace, I know I have.
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