On Following My Own Half Marathon Training Schedule Without Long Runs
I’m not sure if it is a good idea to train for a half marathon without any specific long runs, but that’s what I’m trying now. I want to keep my average run distance as high as possible and to cover between 30 and 50 miles for the next 6 weeks.
The plan is to continue extending my single and double sessions upwards until I’m running between 6 and 10 miles in every run in preparation for my Great Scottish Run half marathon at the start of September.
Today I ran 6.6 miles followed by an easier 4.5 miler after it. The 6.6 miler was one of my most promising runs in a while. I didn’t have to try hard to maintain my pace, I wasn’t compulsively checking my Forerunner every 0.05 miles and I never got out of breath.
It was great.
The run after it was easy too. A standard 4.5 miler. I was worried immediately after the jog as my knee started hurting, but I haven’t had any pain since then. Let’s hope that it holds up!
I’m gonna follow the country route I discovered last week more often. There’s more opportunity for extending my run on that course. I can choose either a 5.5/8 or 10 mile workout by following the path all the way.
I’ve discovered that it’s much easier to run all of the uphills stints in the first part of the route and to then finish going downhill. I’m more likely to go for a sprint finish that way, providing much needed speedwork.