Increase long runs if I run very slowly?

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  • #20774
    Anonymous
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    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!

    (on week 3, really enjoying it so far!)

    Heather

    #20776
    Gerald
    Participant

    The one long run on the Masters Plan is divided across 2 days to decrease injury risk. You could increase the 1 run BUT you would need to decrease the following day to balance the volume.

    That said, you shouldn’t run longer than 3 hours in any one run. The Masters Plan balances this by having you run 2 hours 1 days and then an hour the following day on tired legs.

     

     

    Gerald Collins

    80/20 Certified Coach

    #20777
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Ah good to know!  Do you think I would need to modify it then, or is the plan designed to include someone running a HM at 2:40 as it is?

    Heather

    #20778
    Gerald
    Participant

    I Run in that range and I wouldn’t modify anything.

    #20779
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Super, thank you!

    #20780
    rdl03
    Participant

    (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.

    #20782
    coachanne
    Keymaster

    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.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

     

    Coach Anne

    #20783
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    That is all very helpful @rdl03 and @coachanne, thank you!

    Heather

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