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MrPH.... After my plan.....? (Read 271 times)

    I am due to finish HH novice plan in 2-3 weeks. My HM is not till end of September. I started it early just to see if 1). I could HANDLE the mileage and training 2). to give myself plenty of time to build up in case things did not go well. What do you think would be a good next thing to do when I complete? Higdon only has you running 4 days per week on this plan with 2 xtraining days. Would you recommend another easy run day in the mix to get me to running 5 days? or would you keep it as is, and just extend the long run by 10% rule..... Just want to be sure how to maintain without overdoing it? Thanks, Cheffy Smile

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    Prince of Fatness

      My vote is to add another easy day. Even if it is just 3 miles, it will get your weekly mileage over 20. Hold that for a few weeks, then start adding mileage again in preparation for the half. Hopefully others will chime in as well.

      Semi-retired.

        Mileage at the end of the plan will be around 23 miles per week. The Long run ends at 12 miles. Should I just aim to keep that long run at that distance, or look to increase it to perhaps 14-15 miles by September? I like the Idea of another easy run like on the day after the long run as sort of a recovery run? Any others willing to share their experience/advice? ( Even though I love MrPH.... Blush....lol) Smile

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        Prince of Fatness

          Take it easy .... I'm married! I try to make it a point to get out for a real easy run the day after a hard workout. I have found I recover quicker than if I take the day off. Emphasis here is on the real easy. Everyone is different, but I think you should at least try it to see what works for you. If you want to go to 14-15, go ahead. It shouldn't hurt you as slowly as you are building your mileage. I will say that if you are consistently getting that 12 miler in, you'll have no problems with the HM. Remember, plans are guidelines and make a great starting point, but don't be afraid to tailor them to fit what works for you.

          Semi-retired.

            Take it easy .... I'm married! .
            Me Too..... To the Greatest Guy in the whole world.... ( no offence, although I still think your the best for helping me so much)... Wink Thanks Again, This really helps me. I thik I will do an easy recovery of 3 the day following the long run, and aim for slow increase to 14-15 for the long. If anyone else has some Ideas tips on what works best for your training, please share! that's what the community is all about! Smile

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              Looking at your log, you and I run similar mileage. The difference being I try to add the 5th day when possible. I currently run T, W, Th, S & Su, my long run now is on Sunday, but as I start my official training I will shift that to Saturday and use Sunday more as a recovery run. I would think you would benefit by doing something similar or even getting in 3-4 miles on Saturday with your x-training.
                Cheffy great to see you're doing so well. You want to get your mileage up to at least 26 miles per week for several weeks before the half. Adding a 5th day would be an excellent way to do that. I would suggest after a few weeks of that you start adding distance to a mid week run, about 1/2 mile every other week until you get it up to 8 miles. Also slowly lengthen your long run every other week. If you can get your mileage up to 32 for a couple weeks with a long run of 13 you'll cruise through that half marathon. Long runs of 12 and weekly totals of 26 will get you to the finishline but it may be a tough day. The most important things are that you stay injury free and taper for 10 days so you get to the start fresh. Good luck

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                  Cheffy great to see you're doing so well. You want to get your mileage up to at least 26 miles per week for several weeks before the half. Adding a 5th day would be an excellent way to do that. I would suggest after a few weeks of that you start adding distance to a mid week run, about 1/2 mile every other week until you get it up to 8 miles. Also slowly lengthen your long run every other week. If you can get your mileage up to 32 for a couple weeks with a long run of 13 you'll cruise through that half marathon. Long runs of 12 and weekly totals of 26 will get you to the finishline but it may be a tough day. The most important things are that you stay injury free and taper for 10 days so you get to the start fresh. Good luck
                  WOW Sarge..... I LOVE your response. That's why you and MrPH are my cyber coaches!! Big grin This sounds like the way to go. I ( knocks on wood) have been doing GREAT with the training, but the LSD is tightening my calves more than I like at the moment. I am combatting this with lots of gentle stretches during the day, and warm baths to soak. Foam roller works great too. From where I started this 9 months ago, I would have NEVER guessed I could even attempt a feat like this. You guys make it all seem like I will ace this thing..... My goal ( other than crossing the finish line) will be to have my picture taken with a sign that reads " This one's for you MrPH and Sarge!" taken just after crossing the finish line. This is why I came over to RA. The support is amazing, along with you all of course! Thanks Again, and I am sure I will continue to have questions.... Good to know you will be there to answer them! Smile

                  2014 Goal : " Be my own Hero" 

                   " Choose Joy"