As a general rule, the vast majority of training plans recommend against trying to make up miles for missed runs, or runs that went poorly. I once read 'you can't cram for a marathon,' and that makes sense to me. A crummy run is usually a sign from your body that it needs a break. Missing a few runs won't put you back any time at all, and you will feel better and stronger.
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Fitness Minutes: (20,328) Posts: 1,964 7/16/12 9:11 A
I am training for a half marathon on October 7th so I have some time. I have run 8 miles before on several occasions recently (4-5 times within the last 2 months). I even have plenty of experience running in the heat. I don't have a big history of injury, shin splints here and there but I rest for a few days and I'm good again. I think it was just a combo of running in the heat (85 degrees) and being a little dehydrated.
I took a rest day yesterday. No cross training (as I had originally planned). If we don't have thunderstorms later, I'm going to try my 8 again tonight. If it doesn't feel good, there's turn-around points at the 2 mile mark (for a 4 miler) and the 3 mile mark.
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Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 7/15/12 2:07 P
Do your long run next weekend, and do your cross training as you normally would this week. That is my advice. Not sure how soon the vent you are training for is, but if you have some leeway, it shouldn't set you back too bad. And yes, we all have days like that for some reason. I had to bag a few long exercise days too and tried not to feel too bad/wimpy about it.
3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes 4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6 10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6 12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes 4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.) 2/7/15 Hearts & Soles 5K, San Jose 34:50 (Recovering from a cold and wet day.)
I'm following the Hal Hidgeons training plan. I run 3-5 days per week, do some cross training 2 days per week and I strength train twice per week. I have one "long run" each week, which I usually do during the weekend. Last weekend, we were out of town so I tried to get my long run in on Monday but it started to downpour mid run and I shortened my run in case of thunder/lightening. Yesterday I went for my long run (8 miles) but four miles in, I felt dehydrated and sick. I've run 8 miles before, so I know it wasn't the distance that got me. I wound up walking four miles home and my legs were sore all night.
I'm not thinking its a great idea to try 8miles again today... But should I run today to make up for yesterday, a 4 miler or something? Or should I cross today and try my long run again tomorrow? Two weeks in a row of missing my long run seems pretty bad. Thoughts?
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