You can do this. Just keep running on a schedule that gets you to your goal. And if you are concerned about not running enough or losing interest from running too much too long (probably won't be that way) just remember to go to the gym and get in some strength training too. A lot of runner forget about strength training but cardio actually need strength training to keep you muscles strong.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
Hello, fellow Aimless! I had the same issue when I ran my first half. We signed up in December for a race in May. I just stretched my training waaay out. I only ran three days a week and did incorporate other cardio activities at least three times a week, like elliptical training, bike riding, and just plain old walking sometimes. I also did a lot of strength training. I definitely did not push myself to huge distances on my long runs every weekend. One weekend I'd run 8 to 10 miles and another weekend I'd do 16. I did not incorporate any speed work, mostly because I was afraid of it because of my inexperience as a runner. I also wasn't following a training plan, I was just running to my heart's content. I did better in my race than I expected to and left feeling motivated by it, not drained.
I had the opposite problem after my half and before my upcoming marathon, insofar as there was only 11 weeks between races where most training plans require at least 12. That was a bit rushed, but so far I've managed.
We are looking at a half, but the race is 7 months away. It will be my 6th. I did a half last year that was many months away. I thought it would help bc it would be a slow build on increasing mileage. Looking back, I feel like I kind of burned out a little bit and my finishing time reflected that as well.
So I came up with some ideas to maybe help me keep me going and of course I want the opinion of Spark because there are so many of us here at different abilities and experiences.
1. I had asked a couple weeks ago about doing some speed training. I was directed to a runners world article talking about incorporating that training when I am at the 5-6 mile mark. Could I sub a speed training for a short run? Or maybe sub elliptical, bike, or circuit training 1-2 times a month for a short run every now and then? I need to find some balance between the running and other cardio. Honestly, I never really have.
2. Find or create a plan with long runs that step back every now and then just for a mental and physical break. We have 30+ weeks til race day so I figured we'd be okay.
It is a wee bit draining being an elementary PE teacher, coaching 12U boys volleyball, doing my elementary run club, my elementary jump rope team, and being on my feet all day chasing 60-70 kids around. But I know I can do it.
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