Your plan sounds good! I personally hesitate to sign up for more than one race at a time, because I tend to rush my recovery time. I do know, though, that races sell out, and sometimes you gotta do it if you want to get in (and registration fees are usually lower early on). May and August sound really do-able :)
As someone who has yet to even race the distance, I would be VERY cautious about signing up for races without knowing
1. How your training goes.
2. How your body responds to the higher mileage
3 How your body recovers from the mileage and races (this is the most important because inflammation can stay present well within the body long after the muscle soreness goes away).
Running and racing is not about who collects the most medals in the shortest period time.
Do people do this? Absolutely, but as with everything in life, taking exercise, competition to the extremes can be detrimental to your body. And know too, the older we are the more recovery time our bodies require. Most injuries don't happen overnight, wearing the wrong shoe, running on the concrete surface, but from pushing our bodies too hard.
I've done HMs 2 weeks apart, before. I think the key is to listen to your body and not push too hard, esp if you are having any pain at all. I agree, it is a good idea to treat one of the races as a fun or training run. I like to treat the 1st of 2 races as a training run and just go at an easy, comfortable pace throughout, then if I want to push I will do it for the 2nd race.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If i quit, however, it lasts forever..That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me" Lance Armstrong
It really depends on how your body handles running 13.1 miles and what your goals are for each race. My first and second HMs were three weeks apart; NOT recommended, but I survived and enjoyed both. I just had to treat one as a fun/training run and not worry about time goals.
I've since run two HMs a week apart on a couple of occasions, but I am at a point where I can easily run 8-10+ miles every weekend without a problem. You will know better after completing your first and seeing how long it takes you to recover; if you don't want to wait that long to decide, I'd probably go ahead and sign up for both with a plan to treat one as a training/fun run and the other as a race based on how you're feeling at the time. Good luck whatever you decide to do!
Denise (Half Fanatic #1279) - PDT Time Zone
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I think a lot of it has to do with your fitness level and your body's ability to recover. I'm in this uncharted territory, as I just completed my first HM this past Sunday (2:08:53! WOOHOO!), and I'm now right back into training for my second one in May (Pittsburgh HM on May 5). However, I am a bit younger than you (41), with my own medical issues and the like, so my experience will not be the same as anyone else's.
I would just say to listen to your body and see what it has to say. Good luck!
Hi, I'm training for my first half marathon in May, and already know I'm going to want to do more. I was looking over a list of races in my area and found a moderately priced one in my area on the day of my 55th birthday (in August) so I will definitely do that one. But I also saw one that looked great a month before that. Would running two HMs within a month of each other be too much? How do you space races?
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