Running Experiment & Question
Since training for the half-marathon coming up has been, well, non-existent, I am getting pretty worried. I have run all of 4 or 5 times to prepare for this thing so far and the longest distance has been a 5K. On Sunday, I wanted to see how much gas I had in the tank and if I could just pull a long run out of nowhere. With the Garmin I can monitor my pace as I go, something I couldn’t do with my Nike app. The plan was to keep my pace slow and just run solid for an hour. I went out and did it and still felt like there was gas in the tank. I know I could have run several more miles but didn’t want to increase my mileage too much for fear of injury.
All in all, it felt good to just go out and run. I think longer runs will always have a special place in my heart.
My question, however, is about the half-marathon on April 28th. I feel extremely unprepared and no longer have my eye on a PR for the distance. What would you all recommend I do at the race? Should I do a run/walk method (what ratio?) or take another approach?
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- runningwithguts said: I was going to suggest something like JB - run a mile, walk a minute or two, run the remaining mile, repeat.
- sabbyrunsatl said: Yeah, I think run/walk. What about a Galloway approach of 4/2 intervals or 5/2?
- aleandclamor said: Every race that I have run has been me competing against myself. I want to know that I pushed myself as best as I could (avoiding injury, of course). I say that you drain the gas tank to push out the best run you can. Walk if you feel the need!
- brooksylite said: On my last one that I didn’t train for I made a deal with myself to run to the mile markers then walk .10 Worked out pretty well, the aid stations fell inline also.
- regainingmymoxy said: Run walk. Even if you feel great at the beginning - you never know how you will feel at the end. Run walk and if you are feeling string run the last 5k.
- jonathanrxd said: Meet up with a fellow tumblr who is in the same boat and stick it out together! It sounds like there are several of us who are in the same place (myself included).
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- robownslife said: I would say a run walk and don’t push it. You won’t die, just take it easy and enjoy the miles.
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