JZABISH24, I just want to say congratulations!! That's a big accomplishment! Must be a great feeling! I'm set to run my first hm this Sunday, the Rock N Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon. I'm excited but so nervous! My only goal is to finish, and I haven't trained very much so I know I won't have a finishing time like yours, but it'll still be amazing just to cross that line!
That is too funny... you kill me! I have to agree with you PASTAFARIAN... HM was totally sweet for me... I didn't feel like I was killing myself but I felt like I got a good workout in for sure. I am going to break for right now and just keep to HM and if for some reason I get a crazy thought to run a full one then I will really train for it and not consider it like 2 HM at all.
I don't feel like getting injured.... at all... I feel so good right now... I would hate to take 50 steps back. :)
Fitness Minutes: (18,075) Posts: 1,260 8/27/12 9:28 P
Completely agree with others who have said a marathon is not 2 HMs. Unless you have a deep need to do a marathon, why consider it? It requires a heck of a lot more training and significantly amplifies the likelihood of injury. HMs are the sweet spot - many more choices of races, much faster recovery, cheaper, etc.
One more thing - if you switch to marathons, we'll have to kick you out of here :-P
There is certainly no reason why you should NOT consider running a full marathon as long as you do the proper training. Do not mistake a full marathon as simply a longer half. It is an entirely different animal and takes a toll on your system that a half will not. You DO need to train specifically for the distance.
Well done, and good luck in your future events.
8 Days until: North Shore Classic Half Marathon
Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 8/27/12 12:44 P
I would give yourself about 2 weeks to fully recover. That doesn't mean you can't run, you just want to really listen to your body and just do some nice easy runs, do not worry about pace or time or distance--in fact now would be a good time to do an AYF run--As You Feel run...just run easy without your Garmin or watch. Yoga would be great for now.
As for what to do next...it really is up to you. While some people feel the next step should be the marathon, remember a marathon is more than running a half twice. But that doesn't mean you can't do it. Do your research and see what you can do.
CONGRATS on a race well run!
Fitness Minutes: (151,322) Posts: 21,493 8/27/12 12:41 P
Hi ya'll! So this past weekend I ran my FIRST HM! I have to say that I am so surprised at how well I did and how well I feel! I think that all of my training really paid off!
Time: 1:58:03... 9:03mm!
So I have a couple of things I need help with...
1. How long to give myself for recovery? My legs are a little stiff... not bad though. I feel like I want to go run some more but I feel like I should give myself a break... do I? Can I do yoga? What should I do?
2. Since this race actually seemed rather easy or I should say I trained for it so I wasn't die'n... should I go for a full marathon? Should I try to improve on time for the rest of the year and then next year go for a marathon?
Any ideas on both 1 and 2 would help me out a lot. I am concerned that I won't give myself ample recovery time BUT I feel so good right now do I really need to? So much to think about!
Anyways... discuss! And thank you in advance for your thoughts!
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