Hi Jodymarie! Saw your note on FB and then caught this link! You run often enough that you will be fine....I would keep the Galloway programs in mind ad do a couple of walk/run trials in the next month or two and see how it goes!
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I guess the other option is to take a marathon training plan. Follow it until you get over 13 miles and then split the distance into 2 days. I'd keep one day at 13. I'm assuming you recover well and like your weekly 13 mile runs
So have you ever run back to back runs. I'd start early rather than late. I you could start by walking 3 miles om sat and the doing your standard 13 mile rin on Sunday, personally I like alternating high mileage weekends with lower mileage weekends. If you want to continue running 13 every week the next week I'd do just the 13. Week after that i'd do 3 with some running. I think it is better to increase intensity slowly than just see if you can muscle through it. Of course I'm 50, so I no longer have illusions that I can finish Hm unprepared
Running back to back marathons at marathon pace, which will be slower than your half pace. Is easier than running a marathon at marathon pace. On the other hand there is a lot more training involved to run a marathon
One of the issues you need to be aware of is pace. You say you run 13 miles every weekend. When you register for a race do you run those faster. You most know the pace you can hold and run every week. I have run marathons, half marathons and done the distance outside of race a number of times and the big thing is adjusting your pace. Personally I use the Galloway method and increasing your walk times really makes slowing pace down for a longer run easy. I'd probably work up to a finally long run weekend 2 weeks before your half of 6 miles on day and 14 miles the second day, so I had some back to back running practice
In answer to your question "I run 13 miles every Saturday as it is so why not get bling for it?!" my answer is: "Because that bling is so expensive!" (Don't get mad at me; you did ask the question after all!)
You mention you cannot afford the extra $$ for signing up late so I'm mystified why you want to pay for more bling in the first place especially if you're already doing HMs at the rate you describe. You must have a pile of medals already. Why do you want so much bling?
Not an expert here, but I would try to do some back to back long runs a couple times a month. Just to get your body used to long efforts close together.
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Just to clarify I have run a 1/2 just about every month since January this year. 3 of them being 2 weeks apart.
I run 13 miles every Saturday as it is so why not get bling for it?!
It is something I just want to say I did. Something I would like to try and do.
IN MY MIND running 13.1 miles each day is no different then running 26.2 miles in one...I just have TWO days to make that distance.
I sign up for ALL my races as soon as they come out. It keeps me accountable and on track with training. If I have nothing on my calendar I am more likely to "skip" runs as of recently. I have done this for over a year now (signing up early). I can not afford the EXTRA 50-60 dollars it costs to sign up last minute.
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I would question the wisdom of signing up for 3 halfs in such close proximity to each other. But, if you have made up your mind to do it, at least you have the right idea in not trying to do anything but finish. It appears you have already done enough races at this distance to know what to expect. As already mentioned, I doubt if you will find any particular training plan for doing this. Certainly rest as much as possible between races. Good luck.
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If (as you say) you simply want to survive them and (as you do not say but I have to assume) you haven't trained for them, run-walk method should make it easily doable. Practice it.
But I'm curious, why sign up for 3 HMs so close together and so far in the future? A last minute decision because you're feeling so great - that I could understand. But who knows how you'll feel 11 months from now. One minor injury, a nagging metatarsal or tendon, and all of a sudden you'll be out for 3 registrations. (I'm presuming these are expensive HMs because no one's going to pack together 3 low-key club HMs.)
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I have friends who did a new year's eve and new year's morning half the next day. 2 in 24 hours. Not sure how much they kicked their training up. I think they just figured it was part of working towards their half ironman, plus one is in her twenties and the other early 30s.
Guessing there's no official training plan for this.
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