customising half marathon training

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    I am doing my first half marathon this year, so Ive started doing the half marathon training program. So far so good! I was wondering about flipping the full body workout with the 20 min walk. Would that be bad in any way? My issue is that I started on a Monday and all the other days fit my schedule perfectly except the full body workout on Fridays.

    I was also told that I am starting to train too early? The race is early June, but I will be done with the training plan in Mars. My plan was to first get to the distance and then just try to mantain ability after mars until the actual race? Should I be doing this differently? Ive run 5Ks and 10Ks before and wanted to see that I am able to run 20K so I don't die during the race and also have some time to recover/improve.

    theAwkwardTerminator Every training plan that you will ever read is only a suggestion. They are suggestions based off what has worked for people in the past, but suggestions none the less. You would know best what you are comfortable with doing, but generally unless you are an Olympic athlete that swapping out training days has no real effect.

    Training too early? Did you only want to run a half-marathon? Or did you want to live a healthier lifestyle overall? I like your plan better to get to that level and maintain it.


      Another idea would be to complete the program once, then repeat the last four weeks two or three times until your race, so that you aren't running a half marathon every weekend.


        Early? May be. Late? May be. The perfect moment? May be.

        It depends from your (current) starting point and your goal.

        The starting point is the distance that you are currently able to run and the pace.
        The time (for the half marathon) is the goal.

        If you want to be only a finisher you can plan to train "only" for 3 months. Notably, you do no start from zero but from to have in your legs at least a 10 km run (otherwise you should consider more weeks for your training). If you want a finisher, your pace is not very relevant.

        As a matter of fact, your goal determines not only how many weeks you should training, but how you should train, i.e. the numbers of run workouts in a week and the type of run workouts.

        Moreover, if you want to train for a run, you have to run, since walking, jogging and running are activity different and there is a no a real equivalence between them, since they have different biomechanical and biochemical conditions and give a different load on your cardiovascular system.

        Anyway, there are a lot of different way to prepare an half-marothon (i.e. I have studied a lot of them, when I was training for it). Find the methods that it's more suitable and appeling for your, and implement it.

        Consider that long run are very stressing for your body (also for the mind) then in aweek is better to have only one at an low pace. Notably, it's typically condered a "long run" a run longer than 12 km when the goal it's the half marathon.

        Finally, it's good to plan the last week before the 21KM run to have a deload week to be "fresh" and to maximize your result.


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          Hey! Thanks for the comments. I am really not sure what the person I talked to meant with too early? Perhaps they were thinking of recovery time?

          I used to do other sports, so running has always been a bit of a side thing, to now become my main activity. Im not good at going fast, but going far seems to be my thing Maybe a year or two from now I might enter a full marathon, but as I am not well versed in running I get a bit insecure with all the recommendations, and don't want to make bad decisions... tbh I don't have a particular goal. I want to be able to run far and still have a strong body when I am like 80.