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not skipping any of your long runs is key... at least to me. having a good race background and making some of your weekly runs, I think you will be just fine.
There is NO such thing as making up for lost time when training. racking up junk miles or pushing beyond a normal training schedule will only lead to problems and lost fitness. There is no cramming in running.
That said, if you go into the race WELL rested instead of trying to squeeze one more run in, you may surprise yourself with how well you will do. Going into an event loose, rested and relaxed will do wonders. It has for me.
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I'm right there with you....I have my first of three halfs for this year in five weeks and as of now, my longest run is 7 miles - I am just facing the fact that it will be no where near a PR and I will probably do the second half as a run/walk. It will be a learning experience and I will just have to look at it as I am lapping everyone else who is just at home sitting on the couch.
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Good luck Kelli! I'm going through the same issue as you. I have a half in a month, and my running mojo seems to have disappeared. I'm getting my longer runs done, but between my kids activities and ugly weather, I haven't done as many of my shorter training runs.
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You can't make up for lost time--you have to just choke this race up to finishing--at least you have been getting your long runs in. You may not come close to PRing, however as my own running coach told me months ago when I was injured with just a couple of 9 mile runs under my belt (I was still doing all my runs, but my long runs only got to 9 miles) your body will know the distance--and while it was not a PR or close to it--I did finish and I did get the medal!
Hey everyone! I'm training for Pittsburgh, which is almost exactly one month away, and my training is really far behind. I haven't skipped any of my long runs, but I've left out at least one training run (out of 4) and sometimes more/week. Do you all think I can make up for lost ground in the last four or so weeks? I do have four halfs under my belt already....