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Change in half/full marathon training schedules

June 24, 2015

Breaking in new socks

New day, new idea about running schedules.

I’m in week 3 of a 17 week half-marathon training plan. It’ll finish up October 4. I had originally planned on taking several weeks “off” (just maintenance runs, basically) before starting on a marathon training plan, but, the Dallas Marathon is about 10 weeks after this cycle ends!

The Dallas Marathon was really cool.

I want to do it again.

Therefore, the new training plan is this:

  • Half marathon training as planned, ending Oct 4.
  • Two weeks downtime / recovery time, mostly easy runs and whatnot.
  • Eight weeks marathon training.
  • Dallas Marathon December 13!

I want to do the marathon, even if I have to do a walk/run due to not enough training.

So, thoughts and comments?

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  1. Karen permalink
    June 24, 2015 6:40 pm

    I am skeptical of the efficacy of super specific training plans.

    Playing one professional soccer game or pro football game is physically hard. Athletes have to practice and exercise and rest and eat to work up to it. Then they do a whole season of games in a row, unless their team makes the playoffs, then they do a bunch more. I haven’t heard about teams pacing pre-season training differently depending on whether they expect to make the playoffs or not.

    So now you’re in week 3 of a 27 week marathon training plan that happens to include a half marathon at week 17.

    Or you’re doing a 17 week pre-season training for a season that so far includes one half marathon and one marathon and might have more races added later.

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