I've had a great 12 months of training, getting PBs across the board and, last week, running my first marathon.
The thing is, I signed up to a half marathon on 17th November... Yup - 8 weeks after the marathon, and in 6 and a half weeks time. My club runs the race every year, so I signed up for fun, rather than for a PB, but I would really like to see what kind of time I can muster off the back of my marathon training.
The question is, how does one go about training for a half so soon after a marathon?
I've taken a full week off (except for a bit of cycling), went for my first run on the Monday of the second week (3 slow miles), plan another easy few miles tomorrow (Wednesday), and again on Saturday... But then what?
Any suggestions for training sessions, frequency, mileage, general anecdotal advice would be appreciated.
FYI marathon - 4:10:52 (bit bumpy, mixed terrain) half marathon from this spring - 1:48:35 (bit hilly) 10K from this spring - 46:33, but averaged 47:30 during marathon training5K from this spring - 22:24 (hilly), but averaged 23:00 on the same course during marathon training
Cheers Ryan, you've pretty much answered my concern. I've got a goal pace - a good 45sec/mile slower than my HM pace - but the idea of holding it for 26.2 miles seems impossible! So on the day, I just want to cross that finish line, be it running or be it crawling with Tim.
Right, I'm off on my first 16-miler now, with the Camelbak, some sickly gels and this week's episode of Marathon Talk.
Hi Tim - training is going well so far, though this is only week 2!
Ran a 9 mile race last week and my first long, slow run yesterday - 12 miles over hills. It was tough, and the furthest I've run since a half marathon in April, but OK. Next week is 14 miles and then I step into the unknown with my first ever 16-miler...
What HM are you training for? And is this your first sub 4:00?
It's my first marathon, so I'm aiming to just finish. My current race times suggest a similar goal time, but I've been warned against setting any time goals the first time. Would you agree?
This week I was offered some free tickets in exchange for working at Glastonbury. It'll scupper training for 5 days, and I'll be honest one of my first thoughts was 'shit, but what about marathon training?...' but then I pulled myself together and accepted! Missing a few days in the early weeks will be OK, right? It can be my recovery week
Thanks for all your advice! I went to Decathlon last week and got a couple of the Sportance First bras. Just as CrazyDiamond said, their sizing was bizarre. But once I found one that fit (32D rather than 34B) there was no jiggling or wiggling despite all my jumping in the changing rooms. I've worn them running a couple of times since and have found them really comfortable and supportive.
They seem to be more of a compressive bra than one that cups each boob and holds it still, so I'm not sure how the larger busted lady would fair in one, but they're cracking quality for the £13.99 they cost me. Incidentally their other kit is pretty darn good too. I'm now kitted out for summer!