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DENVER1942 Posts: 27
1/11/12 6:29 P

I think it is great that your are training again, I am sorry for your loss. I am currently training for a 5k. I havent done them in forever so Im gettin back out there. I am then gonna work my way up to a half and a marathon eventually. GOOD LUCK.

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1/11/12 6:21 P

Hi Therese,

I am so sorry for your loss.

You betcha you can train for a 1/2 running three days a week. There are lots of running programs that allow for such a schedule. In fact I only trained 3 days a week for my first 2 half marathons and did ABSOLUTELY fine. I like that you are giving yourself a day's break from running between your runs. If you are currently running 6 miles, I wouldn't rush into 1/2 training quite yet.

What I would recommend is that you go out 16 weeks from your 1/2's race day and then begin your training. Doing too much too soon can lead to a greater potential for running injuries. This will be a great time to just build a solid running foundation so that you don't peak before your race.

I wish you well! RUN SPARK STRONG!
Coach Nancy

1/11/12 5:36 P

I was training for a half last year, hurt my knee weeks before and then my husband died. I started running again. When I was trainnig, I was running about 4-5 days a week. I have 3 small kids and can no longer run that many days. I want to see if it is possible to reach the half marathon goal by July by doing the following schedule.
Monday I run a slow distance run at 6 miles now and would increase by 2 min every week.
Tuesdays I have karate and have a short cardio or AB DVD I do
Wednesdays I run about 4 miles right now doing varios hills
Thursday same as Tuesday
Friday I do a slow jog fast run. (example 1min at 6 MPH 1 at 7.5 MPH. then repeat up to 5 min for the slow/fast set).
I take the weekends off.

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