Multiple 12-mile runs?!

Today was a cross training day, and a very light one at that. Just 15 minutes on the stationary bike and 15 minutes on the elliptical. I’m still fighting a sore throat and sniffly nose, so I’m excusing myself for doing such a light workout. We all need those days right?

I saw on my running calendar this week that I am already up to an 11 mile run even though the Princess Half is still more than a month away.

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During my first half my running coach only had me do one 12 mile run right before I began the taper. This time I am going to be doing multiple 12 mile runs to get more comfortable with the distance for race day.

Right now anything up to an 8 mile run feels fairly comfortable for me. My running coach says that by the Princess Half she wants a 10 mile run to feel comfortable. That would be nice and I trust her plan, so here goes nothing!

I must admit since I’m dealing with this little cold it is nice to see the word “easy” on my schedule so many times : )

I am sure at this point you are really tired of seeing screenshots of weather forecasts, but I am really excited about the upcoming “cold” front that is going to last for multiple days!

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You can’t see it here but on Saturday the high is only 66 which means perfect weather for my 11-miler.

I am going to try really hard to get up early on Saturday to get the run in during the morning hours. When I was training for the Fort Lauderdale half I was SO committed to running early on Saturdays, which really is the perfect time to knock a long run out.

I’m been pretty lazy this training cycle which has turned into too many treadmill runs because I don’t want to do my long run alone on a Sunday night while I’m trying to squeeze it in before the weekend ends. I must get re-committed!

How many 12 or 13 mile runs do you do as part of half marathon training?

Do you ever do more than 13 miles as part of half training?

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11 Comments

  1. January 14, 2014 / 10:02 am

    I am so bad! I need to be running like a mad woman for the Miami Half and I have been nothing but a lazy butt these past weeks. I am going to run 13 this weekend and 10 next then do a short 5 miler the following week. I wish I did multiples like you πŸ™‚

    • January 15, 2014 / 4:02 pm

      This will be my first time doing multiples. For my first half I only did one 12 mile run! You will be fine, no worries! πŸ™‚

  2. January 14, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    I’m so glad you’ll be doing multiple 12-milers. I think it will help…your coach is a genius! I do at least one 13-miler before a half, and I like to do an 11-miler also, but this time around I missed it!

    • January 15, 2014 / 4:03 pm

      Haha, I like her a lot. She knows me well I think. If I had done multiples the first training cycle I might have been too scared/worn out to do the half, haha. This time I feel much stronger as a runner so I hope I can go into this half thinking 10 miles is a breeze…. sounds crazy though!

  3. January 14, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    You definitely get a pass on workouts if you’re not feeling that great!

    I usually like to do one 13 mile run before a half. I have gotten by with just a 10 mile run, but I feel more prepared when I have run 13.

    • January 15, 2014 / 4:05 pm

      I’ve heard the pros and cons of all the different training schedules, 10 miles, multiple 12 miles, 13 miles, 14 miles. The first time around I probably would have been worn out by the time the half came if I did multiple 12s, but this time I think it will really benefit me. We’ll see πŸ˜‰

  4. January 14, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    I like to do at least 1 13-14 miler for half training, and sometimes do as much as 15. When I’m racing a half, I like that 13 miles to feel really easy. I used to do less and would hit a wall at mile 10 in race day. With the longer runs, that doesn’t happen.

    • January 15, 2014 / 4:26 pm

      That makes a lot of sense. My first half was a less than ideal experience, so I have high hopes for this one. I won’t be doing any 13+ mile runs, but I do think multiple 12s will help.

  5. January 14, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    I’ve got one 12 miler on the schedule before tapering for PHM. It’s scheduled for 2/1 and I’m actually running a 15K that day too… I’m not sure if I’ll do the extra 2.7 miles before the race to warm up or just run after the race. I only made it to 10 miles before my first half back in November due to injury so this will be my longest training run ever!

    • January 15, 2014 / 4:27 pm

      Ahh yes I remember that!

      I am getting so excited for the PHM now… eek. We definitely have to plan to meetup and run a few miles together!

  6. January 15, 2014 / 10:09 pm

    The farthest I had ever run was 10 miles a few times when I did my first half lol those last few miles felt long! I seem to hit a wall at 10 miles when I run alone. Surviving those long distances will give you confidence race day “)