Cross training is always a good idea. Run when you should and save a day to bike and another to swim for now. A daily 30 minute swim is not going to sap all your energy. Get enough to eat and you should be fine.
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My first sprint triathlon is this weekend and my marathon is at the end of the month. These are fun activities for me and not trying to PR. With that said, I have been doing all 3 activities plus tennis and weight lifting most weeks. I am use to a lot of exercise and don't push harder than my body can do. I don't take my training too seriously - so if I get tired, I rest for the day.
Since you are recovering from an injury, you should probably not do too much because you need to build up your muscles again. Depending on your triathlon goals, you will have time to train after your half.
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Congratulations on making lemonade from lemons and using your down time to engage in other fitness activities.
If you are COMPLETELY recovered from your injury, I would concentrate mainly on running and maybe do the other activities once or twice a week for cross training. You want to be careful not to run to much too soon and have your injury flare up. Also, you don't need, nor do most training plans call for a 13 mile long run prior to a HM. Some beginner programs w/a goal 'to finish' only call for a minimum 8 mile long run. I feel 10 - 12 miles is sufficient. With a current long run of 3 miles, you may realistically be able to get up to 9 or 10 miles. I would concentrate on the long slow runs and keep the weekday runs limited to a couple days per week. Use your cross training activities 1 or 2 other days. I'm not a trainer, but that is what I would do.
Take it easy and listen to your body, I'm sure you will do fine on race day.
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just to say that i'm in a very similar position ... was up to a 10 mile run in early June then was injured ... and ended up with 6 weeks to train for a half on Oct 7 (and the first week was spent finding out if i could run at all without pain -- only with the Galloway method, but it's really barely slower and i think i'm going to make it. so i haven't ever run a half before, but being in a similar physical situation, i would think that real bike & swim training would be too much ... but to do each one once a week with cross training makes a fair amount of sense to me. paying attention and listening to your body. good luck!
So, I'm working on my triathlon skills, even though I don't see a triathlon in my future until next year. But, I've just picked up swimming and biking and I'm enjoying both. They've done some great things for my body.
I was out on injury for 4 weeks (non-weight bearing) so I couldn't run, which is where the interest in swimming and tri came from in the first place. But, now I'm working back into running and I have my first ever half marathon scheduled for October 20th.
I'm a little on the fence right now about whether I should temporarily quit swimming and biking until after my half marathon and focusing mainly on running. I am very far behind in my training for this half, in terms of mileage. Before the accident, I'd worked up to a 7-mile long run. I have 6 weeks to build from essentially a 3-mile long run (my max so far) up to a 13-mile long run. I am feeling a lot of pressure.
Is swimming and biking going to take all the energy out of my body that should be directed towards miles running and strength training only????
What do you think? Especially those that have run half marathons before. What would you do if you only had 6 weeks to train for a half marathon?
Granted, I'm not planning on running the ENTIRE course...run/walk is fine...but I'd love to finish in less than 3.5 hours and I run very slow (15 min/mile) and walk even slower. Advice?
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