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Fitness Minutes: (40,990) Posts: 5,529 6/6/12 9:47 A
I did 5 HMs in 5 months, all about 3-4 weeks apart. After running each one, I did maintenance training. For example the week after each half, my long run was 8 miles, then I did 10, 8, HM. If I had another week in between I would 8, 10, 12, 8, HM.
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Fitness Minutes: (33,789) Posts: 848 6/4/12 12:44 P
4 weeks in between races is not really that big of an issue. If you're all trained up for the first one, 4 weeks is plenty of time to do a reverse taper and then be ready to do another one. You may not want to run them both full out, but if your goal is to have fun and complete them, then you can definitely do it.
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Posts: 9,408 6/4/12 9:08 A
Karen, some great advice here. :)
I know after my last half, about that following Saturday I wished I had another to do! :) (sadly, I didn't...) My next half I'm actually following it up with a second 14 days later. So clearly I think it's okay to do, so long as you don't kill yourself in them both.
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Posts: 797 6/3/12 10:45 P
I think you should be fine if you do a reasonable maintenance program without pushing yourself too much for the 4 weeks in between. I ran a very hilly HM on the last Sunday in April, and a very flat one today, and both went really well for me after not taxing myself too much in between. Good luck to you!
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Posts: 4,818 6/3/12 5:50 P
I would agree with what others have said. As long as you feel you will be ready in time for the first one and can restrain yourself to run it easy, you should be fine doing both. You are the best one to evaluate yourself in the end, though. How quickly do you recover from your long runs? How soon after your first HM would you have felt ready to take on another? Think about what you want to accomplish in each one and go from there. Good lucj!
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Fitness Minutes: (27,689) Posts: 4,229 6/3/12 5:33 P
I think Robert is right.....unless you are used to running multiple races or marathons, I would treat the first race as more of a "training" run and save my best effort for the wineglass.
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Posts: 24,881 6/3/12 4:43 P
Karen--I agree with the advice given....I actually did back to back HM's in Disney this year....one on Sat and one on Sunday...I did fine...the 2nd one was slower by about 10 minutes, but I loved every minute!!!
How is the wineglass?? That one has crossed my mind, I am in the Buffalo area, where are you????
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Fitness Minutes: (27,363) Posts: 6,631 6/3/12 4:28 P
My personal 2 cents on this is that, if I am reading thing right, it sounds like you have 4 weeks between events. If that is the case and you don't make the first half a real hard racing event and save your best effort for the second (wineglass), then you should probably be ok..
Just my opinion though, that is if it were me doing it...
Basically, I wouldnt try to bring my "A" game to both events since a hard effort run takes much longer to recover from. Choose one to just finish however you can and choose the other to totally kill it of that is your intent, not both, if your conditioning is in question.
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