>General Running>Race 13.1 or Train 26.2?
My local town marathon is 9 weeks out from my goal marathon. Being my local race, I've already decided to participate and am considering two options: Full-on racing a Half or run the Full at a moderate pace (~MP + :60). Which one would generally be less disruptive to a marathon training block (middle of Pfitz's LT+Endurance phase)?
2014 goals: • 1st Marathon • Sub-20 5k • 3,000 miles
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Do the half. A full would be disruptive.
Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.
Even run very easily, the marathon will be much more disruptive.
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It's not one of the two options you suggested, but the half marathon seems like a pretty good opportunity to do a supported marathon pace workout. A few miles warm up and then 13 miles at marathon pace is pretty much exactly what Pfitz is asking from you 9 weeks out.
If you are fixed on either racing the half or doing a 26.2 mile training run then - like everyone else - I'd say race the half, taking a couple of extra easy days either side.
Thanks, all. The Half it is. Looks like everybody agrees...which just might be a FKT (first known time) here on RA.
I entered races where I only wanted to run a moderate pace. Every time the gun goes off I change my mind and end up racing. It's an urge I can't control.
My vote is half too and would do one of two things:
-Run it as the first 1/2 of a marathon and at your marathon pace which would be slower than your normal HM
-Find a running partner or buddy that you KNOW is slower than you and run with them at their pace
Just make a fun run day out of it....
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