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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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AZDaisy AZDaisy 7 years
Thanks for the advice guys! I guess I was mainly worried that if I ran 6 one weekend and 10 the next that my muscles wouldn't be able to take it. Or if I ran 10 every weekend I would burn out before it was time to seriously train. But I'm just gonna take it slow and listen to my body :)
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I think you should mix it maybe run ten one weekend, six the other just to keep your body used to it. But don't feel guilty if you miss a day or two.
AZDaisy AZDaisy 7 years
Thanks runningesq! Yeah...I'm not *dying* to go on a run just yet, so I'm gonna wait another week or two.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
SKG: 50 mpw is high, and it's especially high for a half marathoner (that's not an elite runner... the elite 5Kers put in 70+ mpw)... running that much will likely improve the OP's half marathon time, but its really not necessary ! when I was marathon training I was maxing out at 42 mpw, and even Advanced Marathoning's most popular plan maxes out at 55 mpw, and that's for someone trying to BQ ! AZDaisy: congrats on your race ! You don't want to burn out, mentally or physically right now, so take some time off if that's what you want to do. You don't need to do a 10 mile run each weekend --- my advice would just be to keep up the running fitness and building volume. Don't stress about how many miles per week (mpw) you're getting in right now.
AZDaisy AZDaisy 7 years
Thanks ladies! Eventually I would like to run a full marathon...but I think the soonest I would go for that would be the Long Beach Marathon in October, or sometime next year. For now, I want to focus on improving my time for the SF Marathon. I just don't want to burn myself out by running 10 miles every weekend, but then again I don't want to have to start from scratch when it's time to start training again. Thanks for all your advice!
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
Congratulations! You will get hook to running just like me. :) I thought about the SF marathon also, but I am planning on a vacation around July 4th, and that's wot stopping me to sign up. As for running mileage - I am training for the Big Sur marathon, and my average mileage per week now is 50 miles. For off season, I try to maintain a 35 miles week, and my long run is down to 14 miles. Just as spacekatgal said - depending on your goal, you may want to train differently.
AZDaisy AZDaisy 7 years
Thanks spacekat! for the half I was up to 20 a week. Under 25 is bad? Really? 50 seems like SO much...hahaha :-P
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