Sunday, February 22, 2009

Running Half Marathons 2 weeks Apart

I've been debating whether or not to run a half marathon 2 weeks before a half that is particularly important to me. I've never run large races that close together. I know some of you do this often though. Does running the full length of a race this close to another race usually help or hurt your time? Any advice would be appreciated.:)

7 comments:

Tall Girl Running said...

A lot has to do with your experience level, but I think generally it depends on what your goals are. Are they simply to enjoy the experience and finish each race or to actually race them and get a personal record from each one?

Personally, I don't think it would be wise to race them both. 13 miles is still quite a bit of stress on your body and typically it takes at least a couple of weeks to fully recover from it. If it were me, I'd go ahead and run both races, but use the first one explicitly as a training run for the second (since the second race is the most important one to you). I wouldn't worry about time whatsoever... just a slow and steady pace that gets you across the finish line feeling strong and ready for more. After taking a couple of days to rest, I'd start a taper and prepare for the "real" race in two weeks.

Just my two cents!

Ang said...

If you take the first one easy, like a training run, I think you'll be fine.

Sticky Niki said...

I'm doing the same thing, but three weeks apart and am worried about this as well. I would love any advice on a taper plan between the two.

Landy said...

I think all of your advice is good. I was planning on running the first one slow and putting my energy into the second one. Your input is appreciated!

Amber said...

I am planning to do the same...mine are four weeks apart....I am still wondering what miles to do between the two races....any advice would be great!!!

Suzie Petunia said...

You can do it! I've run 2 marathons with only 4 weeks in between. I really didn't feel any different for the second than I did for the first. In fact, because of circumstances I felt even better for the second!

Kelly(M&M) said...

Good advice from everyone! I think your plan to run the first as a training run is great. Just enjoy it!
Let us know how they both go. I love race reports!!

Niki- I am excited that you are doing 2 half marathons as well. I will be running the one in May with you and my sis in law Kristyn.

Amber and Niki- As far as mileage in between, here is what I would do. I would give yourself the first week to recover, running a few miles the 4th day or so. Make sure you ice, stretch and really baby your body. Then follow the last 3 or 4 weeks of whatever training plan you were following, taking it easy if you need to on some of the days. Good luck!!