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How Many Half Marathon 'races' In A Year?


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#1 Tail light Jnr

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:07 PM

Hi CRers,

I was wondering what your thoughts were on how many Half Marathon races you can safely do in a year without a major risk of injury?

The general rule (for most people)for a full marathon is 2-3 in a year so can you double that figure to be 4-6 in a year?  Assume that a full on race effort trying to beat previous pb will be attempted in each race

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 08:54 PM

As many as you can find.

Most runners I know run at least a HM distance one day each week, even though it's not a race.

I don't know anyone that runs a full marathon distance one day each week.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:15 PM

I am no expert but i think it has more to do with your experence.A half marathon will stress a beginer but someone experenced could race this distance 2x a week or slow jog it 4-5 times a week

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:21 PM

View PostTail light Jnr, on 18 July 2011 - 08:07 PM, said:

I was wondering what your thoughts were on how many Half Marathon races you can safely do in a year without a major risk of injury?
Studies show definitively that one can be raced each weekend for four consecutive weekends before performance decreases.*

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:31 PM

Of course you can run the distance every day or every few days.
But if you do not want to jog easy but to run your very best, then I suggest 10 km fortnightly and half marathon once a month is ok.
But this has to be seen as an average - of course sometimes a shorter period could be within two races, if not everytime.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:41 PM

[quote name='Tail light Jnr' timestamp='1310983638' post='671179']
Hi CRers,

I was wondering what your thoughts were on how many Half Marathon races you can safely do in a year without a major risk of injury?

The general rule (for most people)for a full marathon is 2-3 in a year so can you double that figure to be 4-6 in a year?  Assume that a full on race effort trying to beat previous pb will be attempted in each race

thanks

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:42 PM

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 09:46 PM

If you are RACING a half marathon, and serious about going for a PB, I wouldn't do more than 3 per year. You'd generally need a good solid 12 week build up for each racing effort - so fitting in more than 3 halves per year could prove difficult. I find there is a greater risk of flu (breaking yourself down) than physical injury & generally use the rule of thumb of taking 1 day easy running (recovery) for each kilometre raced - then again I'm an old fart so rest & recovery becomes more important as U get older.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 10:04 PM

View Postracer, on 18 July 2011 - 09:46 PM, said:

If you are RACING a half marathon, and serious about going for a PB, I wouldn't do more than 3 per year. You'd generally need a good solid 12 week build up for each racing effort - so fitting in more than 3 halves per year could prove difficult. I find there is a greater risk of flu (breaking yourself down) than physical injury & generally use the rule of thumb of taking 1 day easy running (recovery) for each kilometre raced - then again I'm an old fart so rest & recovery becomes more important as U get older.


No, it is not neccessary to build up from the very beginning every time. There is a possibility for to maintain a certain racing condition for quite a period (it would be bad if not).

Edited by Tiddischer, 18 July 2011 - 10:05 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2011 - 10:40 PM

I would say one every 3 weeks but miss out the hottest 5 months ofthe year if you are trying to pb each time (assuming Perth type weather)

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:55 AM

View Postrohan, on 18 July 2011 - 09:21 PM, said:

Studies show definitively that one can be raced each weekend for four consecutive weekends before performance decreases.*

I don't think I could, thats not to say someone who has been running for years and is extremely fit couldn't though?

I'm still very stiff and sore after Run Melb on Sunday and wont be doing anything apart from pool running until tomorrow  :Chicken:

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:35 PM

If you're training for something longer eg marathon, then recovery time after a half wouldn't be that much, and you could race halves in consecutive weeks. For a while at least- abovementioned quote about 4 in a row before a decline in performance is probably on the mark.

If a fast half-marathon is your goal, then I'd allow 4 weeks between races, on average. Meaning that one a fortnight after another one won't kill you and might still produce a PB, but not racing every fortnight. Racing every fortnight won't kill you either, but I think it's reduce your chances of improving your time.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:05 PM

My stab at the original question would be easily every other week without major risk of injury (unless your body was telling you otherwise). However, if you're chasing a PB after a while you'd need to leave a 6-8 week break. Otherwise how would you get any better if you didn't allow some time to follow some additional training/changes in training to target weaknesses and get better? Surley you'd just plateau?

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:09 PM

Id go for a hm once a month during the running/cooler season. This will give you enough time to recover and work on a solid training program, tweaking sessions for improvement.

That said i enjoy the lead up training for a full marathon and aim to do 3-5 a yr. I'd go for a pb on 2 races and enjoy the atmosphere on the not so flat maras.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 08:36 AM

View PostTail light Jnr, on 19 July 2011 - 09:55 AM, said:

I don't think I could, thats not to say someone who has been running for years and is extremely fit couldn't though?
I should note that the study involved only had one participant, so may not apply in all cases.