Hi! I expect to run my first half-marathon in about 2:40. The longest training run on the Level 1 Masters Half Marathon plan is 2 hours. I know I don’t have to do the full distance of the race in training, but I was wondering, since I run so slowly and the training long runs are specified in terms of time not distance — should I modify my training plan a bit to account for this by doing longer long runs? Thanks!
(Based on running a half dozen half marathons (mostly some years ago), I would made an attempt to get up to 10-11 miles for your longest pre-event run, even if that exceeded the recommend time for the workout (though, based on a 2:40 time for the event, 2 hours would be pretty close.
Our Masters level plans are a great way to get those training runs in while maximizing recovery. The time based workouts also make it easier to fit in to our busy schedules.
You are correct, you won’t run the full 13 miles in your training; however, the cumulative hours of training will set you up for a successful half marathon. Personally, I wouldn’t change anything in the plan.