Monday, April 4, 2011

Advise needed - half marathon training plan

I knew when we signed up for the Lake George Half Marathon that I had to modify my usual training plan, since we dragged our feet about signing up and it only gave us 8 weeks to train. I made a modified schedule, have already deviated from it, and now am questioning my next move. I have been doing 3 - 4 miles, twice during the week. My long runs so far have looked like this:

4 miles

5 miles

6 miles

7 miles

and I just did 8 miles yesterday.

I have 2 long runs left. For the past four half marathons I've trained for, I've always done 10 miles the week before the race, so I am planning on doing the same this time around. Where I'm stuck is what to do next week. I am thinking fall back to 6, since I really haven't had a fall back week yet, and up one of my weekday runs to 5 this week.

So this week: 5, 3, 3, 6

Next week: 5, 3, 3, 10

Taper week: 3, 3, 2, 13.1



  1. i recently discovered RW's smart coach. you can type in a recent race, tell it the date of your upcoming race, and it'll put together a training plan for you. maybe just use it to compare to what you've put together??

  2. I've used Runner's World's smart coach in the past, but have recently switched to Jeff Galloway's run/walk method.

    I think in this case because you're so close to the race you're going to want to go by how your body feels.

    I would definitely think the 10 miler is a good idea. You then might have to just see how you're feeling. Just remember that you want to go in to the race refreshed and not worn out.