Health knowledge made personal
Teams › 5K and 10K Runners Team

5K and 10K Runners Team

Training for a 5K or 10K? Let's share training plans, success stories and cheer each other on along the way. Team Members: 123 Team Goals: Train for a 5K or 10K
Join this team!
› Share page:

1/2 marathon

Posted by Stephanie S.

What should my longest run be, rather, how long does it have to be in training for 13.1?  Can it be 14?????  That would be great!

Comments (2)
Sort by: Newest first | Oldest first
You can probably finish a half marathon after you've run 10 miles as a long run, but if you want to finish the half feeling great and with low risk of injury, I suggest you should do long runs of 14-15 miles a number of times so your body can partially adjust to the stress of the 13.1 distance. Think of a half marathon (or full marathon) in terms of stress on your body rather than in terms of miles. Your question then becomes what can I do to reduce the stress of the half marathon so I feel great at the end and have little risk of injury. Of course the answer to that question has to be to let your body experience that stress and adjust to it. This means that you must run at least 13.1 miles if your body is to adjust to the stress from that distance. If you only run 10 or 11 miles before the race, your body will experience the stress of a half marathon for the first time during the race, and that may not be a pleasant experience for you.

Here is a great training guide for a 1/2 marathon.

You really don't need to to 14 miles in training.  Remember that race day is a whole different animal than training.

Post a comment
Write a comment: