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?



  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 “)