Half-Marathon Question on Training

  • toybrian

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    Aug 19, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    Guys, I have a good question that no one ever answers when asked so I am asking in here...I am training for the half-marathon and feel like I am ready but my question is .. Say on Wed. that is your 9 mile run and it rains and lightning so you cannot run and Thurs, is nice.and you usually run 3-4 miles.....My question is on Thurs. do you run the long run or the Thurs run of only 3-4 miles and some track running...??? I have asked many mags and here also and have yet to get an answer...
    thanks guys in advance for the info needed ...
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    Aug 19, 2009 2:19 AM GMT
    Run the long run, in my humble opinion. Building the endurance is important.
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    Aug 19, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
    I agree, you need to get your "long" run in every week.
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    Aug 19, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    You should do the long run even if the day prohibits it but try to put the long run on the actual day of the race. If your half is on a Sunday your long run should be on a Sunday. the rest of the week is spent at lower miles with fartleks or hills which can be made up if you have a shitty day once.
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    Aug 19, 2009 7:52 AM GMT
    I agree with all the other folks, knock out your more difficult runs in the week, if you have to kip one out, it should be the shorter, less intense runs. Runnersworld had a good article several years ago about training for a marathon with only 3 days a week to prepare. The bottom line was if you can only run 3 days a week, make them the quality (distance, high intensity/tempo or interval work) runs.
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    Aug 19, 2009 7:52 AM GMT
    Oh, and good luck with the half marathon!
  • toybrian

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    Aug 19, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Thanks guys.. I knew I could count on you guys here...still doing 5 and 10K races but doing the Philly Distance Run and Half Marathon and also the Ben Franklin Race...wanted to try the half for a year now and decided to train for it to make sure I was up to running it...again thanks guys...
  • Run4Life83

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    Aug 19, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
    I'm going to agree with everyone else. Most plans are built with flexibility in them. That being said, if there's a possibility that you could have bad weather on race day, there's something to be said about having trained in it for the mental aspect.

    Good luck! Let us know how it goes!!