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Old 08-23-2008, 09:29 AM   #1
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to half (marathon) or not...

....that's pretty much my question.

I just completed my first 5k last sunday the aug. 17th. i want to increase the mileage and set a new goal. there is a half marathon in 154 days on january 25th.

my question is do i have enough time to increase my mileage to run in this race?

is it possible for me to do 5 miles by the end of sept, 7.5 in oct, 10 in dec, & 12.5 in january? would i be risking injury?
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:32 AM   #2
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Re: to half (marathon) or not...

Definitely possible. I think that is a sensible progression for increasing endurance without risking injury.

What was your time for the 5k?
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:37 AM   #3
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Re: to half (marathon) or not...

34:58. 11:16 mile pace

i am big guy at 264. i changed to the pose technique and i am pain free now. before i had shin splints.
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:44 AM   #4
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Re: to half (marathon) or not...

What was holding you back: the distance or your running cadence/speed?
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:57 AM   #5
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Re: to half (marathon) or not...

5 months is defiantly enough time to get ready for a half marathon.

It'll interfere with your crossfitting a little bit, so keep that in mind.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:11 AM   #6
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Re: to half (marathon) or not...

Check out crossfit endurance, perhaps.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:20 AM   #7
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Re: to half (marathon) or not...

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Check out crossfit endurance, perhaps.
NO! CFE should only be used by those with endurance experience.
OP, ramp up your mileage slowly and sensibly, do not hurt yourself, do not do CFE. Intensity without a base is asking for slow gains and injury.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:32 AM   #8
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NO! CFE should only be used by those with endurance experience.
OP, ramp up your mileage slowly and sensibly, do not hurt yourself, do not do CFE. Intensity without a base is asking for slow gains and injury.
True.

CFE may work for inexperienced athletes but only if they are seeking to compete in a short course. Half marathon is not a short course.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:34 AM   #9
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Re: to half (marathon) or not...

11+ pace is not running nor jogging, but rather slogging. Anyone over 225 really has to think if they want / need to RUN, period. The stress, Pose or not that you're subjecting your body to, really has to have a da-mn good reason, say, you want to become a real good runner at 5k, 1/2 marathon, the mile, what ever.

In that case, spend most of your time in the kitchen dialing your nutrition (80%) and balance split between CF and some type of 3 day a week running program via Runners World or Hal Higdon.

If on the other hand, you just want to become a Cardio machine, consider hitting either a C2 rower, or get a bike, both are less taxing on your body.

So Ted, the question is, what are your goals. Good running times, better CF performance, or here is the classic, I want to lose body fat, gain muscle, get a six pack.

There is a nutrition / fitness program for any activity, CF is a solid starting point, but I will ask you to reconsider the "need" to slog a 1/2 marathon
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:18 AM   #10
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Re: to half (marathon) or not...

Don't do it. A few years back, I ran 3 miles fast a couple times a week along with a tradtl lifting schedule. Then I allowed a couple girls I knew suggest I would be a good runner and to try longer distances. I worked up to a half-M a couple years back, actually ran a decent 1:44.

For me, this was the beginning of some knee issues related to overuse.

Why not just stick with 5k and get faster at that?

Long slow running sucks.
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