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Advice About Training For a Half Marathon

A FitSugar Reader Asks: I Did It! Now What?

FitSugar reader AZDaisy needs your help. She just accomplishd her fitness running goal of finishing a half marathon and wants to know where to go from here. Can you offer her any advice?

Hey ladies! So I did it . . . I finished my first half marathon! It was a beautiful course, gorgeous weather, awesome people, and I finished in just under 2:20! (I was hoping for 2:15, but I guess for my first one it's not so bad, right?)

My question is: now what? I've already signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon in July, but I know I want to take a little break from running — just a couple of weeks. Since I won't actually start training for the San Francisco Half Marathon until April-ish, I'm not sure what distances I should be running. Should I keep my long runs to about 10 miles or scale it back to around six miles until I'm ready to train again?

How about you regular half-marathoners, how do you train in between trainings?

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