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9/22/13 4:50 P

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Thanks everyone for the words of wisdom:

Nat: I thought about keeping my longer runs at 5-6 miles (at least) and I think that's doable from where I'm at now.

June: When I wrote 'marathon' read: 1/2 marathon. A slip of the brain and typing fingers not synced. What you have here is close to what Jeff has in his 1/2 marathon book, and the repeating was something I was thinking about doing, but not in the way you suggested--I think I'll map it on paper and see what looks good. I would love to look at speed, but I'm so afraid of getting an injury, I'm wary of attempting.

SB: My runs will continue at 3xs per week--it's something I feel really comfortable doing. Love the ideas on endurance and will take them to heart. 10 miles has a lovely ring to it, lol.

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9/22/13 1:52 P

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Cindy and Catherine both have a good grasp on off season maintenance.

My suggestions....

RUN 3Xs per week......

Your aerobic base is probably the most important component in the off running season.... Therefore ENDURANCE is #1.

ENDURANCE
Keep your long run current distance every 2 weeks or increase up to 10 miles if it works out for you and you want to build ENDURANCE - use your HM training pace for these longer runs. Then maintain the 10 miles every 2 weeks until you get to that week in your HM training plan next year.

In addition....

HILLS: If you live in a hilly area running hills really helps with endurance and conditioning.

STAMINA: Maybe some steady state shorter runs between 10K and HM training pace.




Edited by: SEABREEZE65 at: 9/22/2013 (14:46)
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9/22/13 11:45 A

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The best advice is going to come from Catherine, Trill and Seabreeze, but I will venture what I would do
First of all, I am confused by your question, I believe you are saying you want to run a Half Marathon next year, but you finish with you don't want to jump into marathon training.
You mean you don't want to jump into half marathon training?

I would use Jeff's HM plan for runner and walkers first at a very laid back pace, especially the Long Slow distances. Then, if I was feeling good and up to a step up, I would do his HM plan for time goal runners. Or else repeat the first plan with more pace on the 30min 2x weekly runs.

http://jeffgalloway.com/training/half_ma
rathon.html

I would run 3x a week, two of them 30-45min and one a long slow distance
Once I had worked up to a HM distance, I would start over at the lower distance, work up again to the HM distance on long slow runs and do some hill sprints and 800m repeats on the 30-45min runs. And regular magic miles to guide my training pace.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 9/22/2013 (11:50)
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I'm no professional or anything but I'd suggest you keep your long run at 6 miles until you're ready to start the actual training.

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Having finished a 10K, I'm looking at a half-marathon--but not until next year. I have the JG book on 1/2-thons and see his 17 week program. As far as training goes now--what should I do? I don't want to lose my current level of running, but I don't want to jump into the marathon training, either.

Thanks for any advice!

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