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ERICADAWN1986
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4/16/13 6:31 P

This is just my opinion... but doing a full length "simulation" IS running a half marathon. Try not to over-think it. The atmosphere is the same as at a 5K or 10K just for a couple hours more. I waited to run the actual distance until the day of the race just to make it feel like a new accomplishment and celebrate completing an "official half marathon race" for the first time as part of a crowd. It was fun. I accomplished a new distance, got a finishers medal for it, and toasted the day. It depends on what you want to get out of it. If you're just antsy to do one, make sure you've trained enough to not hurt yourself and enjoy the day! Don't plan to take a month "off" though and then suddenly run 13.1. You'll end up hurting yourself.



ZORBS13
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4/16/13 12:46 P

I'd run the half this weekend and skip the one in June.



AUSFAM
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4/16/13 12:36 P

I run about 20-25miles a week now. My long run is 9 miles. I was thinking of going just to get a feel for how fast to start, see how my hydration plan will work, etc. Get a feel for the atmosphere and then plan on walking part of it too. I run 4-5 times per week depending on my schedule. Maybe a simulation run would do the same thing?



ZORBS13
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4/16/13 12:27 P

how long are your current long runs? how many miles/kms are you running per week?

If your current runs/mileage are high enough, I'd do the race this weekend...not running for a month and then a half is asking for trouble.



ERICADAWN1986
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4/16/13 11:52 A

Are you following a training plan? If not, check on the Hal Higdon plans. They max out at 10 miles and expect you to be able to pull off an additional 3.1 on the actual day. I followed this plan but worked in an extra mile so the most I ran before my first half was 11 miles. It really depends upon where you are in the your training. If you can run 10 miles no problem, I say go for it but if you're still in single digits, build up to it slowly so you don't hurt yourself.

Edited by: ERICADAWN1986 at: 4/16/2013 (11:52)


LEC358
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4/16/13 11:43 A

Not that I have run a half marathon, but most plans I've seen max out mileage at a 12 mile long run a week or 2 before the actual race - the idea being that a half marathon is an incredible stress on the body and you don't want to do that kind of distance very often.

That being said, it also depends on where your training is at. If you're logging 10+mile runs on a regular basis, a half marathon doesn't seem that big a deal. However, if you're still in single digits, I'd build up more mileage before going for a half.



AUSFAM
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4/16/13 10:50 A

I'm training for my first1/2 marathon in June. However, I have the opportunity to run one this coming Sunday (April 21st). My overall question is: do I run the actual race or just do a simulation run before the 1/2 in June?

Important information: I'm going to have limited training time after the weather gets nice because we farm and will be busy in the fields for about a month. In other words, after this weekend I may not have another weekend to go run 13.1 miles until about 2 weeks before the race in June.



 
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