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Least amount of training?

I was mulling this over all day, so why not make it a post on here and get everyone's opinions!  I was training for a half marathon last year, was up to 10 mile runs about once a week, with 4-5 milers almost every other day.  Then I hurt my achilles pretty bad and had to take a few months off completely...since then Ive been doing a few 2-3 milers a week, and have done a few 6-8 milers, but nothing near what I used to do.  Ive been staying in shape with lots of dance, weights, and walking instead.  My question is, I am signed up for a half marathon in October (I assumed I'd be back in my old running shape by now, so I signed up a long time ago).  I dont want to make the same overtraining mistakes as last time, and I actually like how I feel and look with my current workout plan now...no chronic aches and pains, constant fatigue, etc. 

My question to ya'll is, what have been your experiences with the LEAST amount of training you can get away with for something like a half marathon?  Since I was able last year to do the mileage, and since I'm still in really good shape from cross training, do you guys think I'd be able to keep my weekly mileage a little lower than a regular half training plan and still be able to do the race?  Like have you had experience running something like that without working your way up with months of long runs, tempo runs, etc.?  Im scared to get injured by increasing my training like it was last year, but I'm also scared of getting injured running 13 miles without proper prep work.  

Opinions? Experiences?


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Jul. 20th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
This is very much a personal thing. What works for others won't necessarily work for you. [Calling from my own experience with 65, 80 and 100 mile cycling "races". Not really so much a race for me, as much as hoping to finish before the SAG vehicle caught me.]

You could try ramping up your mileage slower than last time. But you should be close to or at the mileage necessary to complete the race before you do your pre-race prep.
Jul. 21st, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! Good advice. I have the same approach...I'm not doing the race to 'race' it for time, rather just to finish as a personal goal since I had to drop out right before last year's event. I have realized the last year that my body reacts much better to cross training with weights/dance/yoga/martial arts than to lots of running, so I'm hoping that by keeping up my fitness levels with those activities, I still have the cardio and endurance and strength needed to push through the distance. I have two months to get back into the long runs so as long as I dont push it I think I'll be okay.
Jul. 21st, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh hell, I'm not good at this kind of thing. Can you try one of those pre-fab programs that's always on runner's world or something?
Jul. 21st, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
The problem with those is that my body just doesnt handle that kind of mileage well. I was doing similar programs last year and the overuse injuries I sustained were ridiculous. I have celiac and am prone to stress fractures, so I guess it was just too many miles per week for me to handle. I'm hoping that I can crosstrain to keep up my fitness level enough to just truck it through the race...
Jul. 21st, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Well, what about following the increases they recommend but cutting the mileage down to a level that is more comfortable.
Jul. 21st, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
Thats an awesome idea...following the training model but modifying it based on injury progress and limiting overall milage. Thanks!
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