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9/6/12 10:08 P

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I'm in training for a Half IM and decided I wanted to run a Half Marathon last January. I have a coach working with me and he kept (and keeps) telling me that the miles I'm putting in on the bike are doing wonders for my run. He said the swimming works more as an active recovery.

When I ran the Half Marathon, the longest I had ever run in my life was a 10k and that was only 2 weeks prior. I ran a very strong race even though I had put in almost no mileage running leading up to it. So for me, the takeaway is that the bulk of your training can be on the bike and in the pool where the impact is less. You can then use your running to focus on form and speed to save your body for race day.

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9/6/12 10:00 P

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Hi! When I first got back into fitness and joined SP to lose weight, I was primarily running. No cross training. Not sufficient enough strength training. I think if you run 3 days/week (2 short 1 long) then you would be okay. But...what is your longest run so far? You should only increase your longest distance by 10 percent per week. I just don't want you injured again by doing too much too soon.

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LMULLINS4LIFE's Photo LMULLINS4LIFE Posts: 1,733
9/6/12 2:54 P

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Thanks for all your comments. I love HELENGUNTHER's well thought out plan, with specific mileage numbers and details. I think I'm going to go with that!

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9/5/12 7:58 P

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I have done numerous tri's, as well as a few half marathons (and one half ironman). Given that you are coming off an injury, I would say that your cross training with swimming and biking will be helpful to your overall fitness and help prevent you from getting re-injured due to overtraining as you try to make up for lost time. You can make it through the half running 3-4 times a week, and then I would swim or bike on your other training days. If you can increase your miles fro your long runs, which only need to be done once a week, by one mile a week, you should be able to get to 10 miles before your race. If you can get to 10, you should be able to complete a half marathon come race day. The crowds will get you through. But do not run every day, or you will get injured. Try to shoot for 3-4 miles a couple of times a week, and then start with 4-5 for your long run (done as a run/walk if you need to). Increase your mileage from there by one mile a week for your long run, and try to do 4-6 miles for your mid week runs as your endurance improves.
The biking and swimming will help keep your body conditioned, and offer a great way to cross train so your muscles and joints don't have too much strain.
Good luck with your half. You can get it done!

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9/5/12 7:33 P

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i never ran a 1/2 marathon, but i did a 1/2 iron man last year. i am not much of a runner, more of a swimmer and biker. when i was training for my HIM i had to concentrate on getting my running mileage up, so i ran more and did short swims and bike rides on my non running/recovery days. just kept it easy. i think swimming especially is great recovery.

glad to hear you are recuperating from your injury!



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LMULLINS4LIFE's Photo LMULLINS4LIFE Posts: 1,733
9/5/12 5:06 P

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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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