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1368 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2011 8:30 AM by Surfing_Vol RSS
Berndog19 Rookie 3 posts since
Jan 26, 2011
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Jan 26, 2011 4:52 PM

Half-Marathon training w/12 hour workdays

Hi!

 

I have recently started running again as of last year, and my longest run has been 6 miles on a treadmill. I am training for a half-marathon which is in 5 more weeks, and I am struggling to increase my weekly mileage, because at my job I am required to stand for 12 hours a day, about 4 days a week. As a result, I have difficulty feeling enough energy to run during those days, but I train as best I can on the days off. Usually I do x-training since my legs are so tired from standing all week.  Does anyone have any advice on how I can continue to get quality workouts and still manage to be fit enough to complete my first half-marathon?  Is too much x-training a bad thing in my situation? And if I do not work-out during my day at work, is that really considered a day of rest?

 

Thank you!

 

  • SMARIETTA Legend 302 posts since
    Oct 3, 2009
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    1. Jan 27, 2011 3:44 AM (in response to Berndog19)
    Re: Half-Marathon training w/12 hour workdays

    I have a similar problem-  my work days in season can be 10-12 hours---- but they are outdoors, in full sun,climbing ladders and roofing all day.

     

    the only "solution" I have found is to get up early and get your run in BEFORE work- If I were to wait untill after work the run would never take place.

    weekend long runs are no problem

     

    but the regular runs during the week can be a chore.

     

    I am toying with the idea this year of doing MORE weekday runs---- but of a shorter duration---- to get the same or more total weekly mileage.

    stephen

  • Surfing_Vol Legend 848 posts since
    Nov 6, 2007
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    2. Jan 27, 2011 6:33 AM (in response to Berndog19)
    Re: Half-Marathon training w/12 hour workdays

    Berndog19,

     

    I, too, work long hours, up to 16 hours a day at times.  The only solution I've found is setting the alarm for 5 am and gettin up and out.  I am NOT a morning person, but I decided that running was important enough to make this change in my life and schedule.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Surfing Vol





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    Surfing Vol

    "Victory through attrition!"

    Charleston Half-Marathon 1/15/2011 -- 1:52:03

    The Scream! Half-Marathon 7/16/2011 -- 1:56:00

  • Angelique Simpson Pro 92 posts since
    Mar 24, 2009
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    3. Jan 27, 2011 6:35 AM (in response to Berndog19)
    Re: Half-Marathon training w/12 hour workdays

    Finding the time to fit your workouts into your schedule can be difficult. I'm not a morning person by any means, so I always have to fit my runs in after work or on a non working day. For me I find that I'll do my two shorter runs after a work day, then my long runs I save for a day when I'm not working and can get up at my leisure to go out and get the run in. The suggestion of doing your run before you start your workday is a good one, providing you are a morning person and can be dedicated to getting up early and getting it in. Otherwise you really just have to make the commitment to finish your run after work.

     

    Also, you mentioned how you can be fit enough to finish your half marathon. Honestly, the best way to train for your half marathon is to get the longer runs in. Physical fitness can only go so far, if your body isn't used to running more than 6 miles, its going to be tough to finish the last half of the race. Cross-training is a great way to keep up your fitness and give your body some rest from the pounding that comes from running. But again, the best way to train for a race is to get your mileage in.

     

    Good luck!





    ~Angelique


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    5K - Apr 2009: 39:00
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    5K - Sep 2009: 34:06
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    Half Marathon - Apr 2010: 2:39:06
    5K - May 2010: 29:49
    10K - Jun 2010: 1:01:48

    5K - Aug 2010: 27:57

    Half Marathon - Oct 2010: 2:12:18

    10K - Nov 2010: 52:44 (PR)

    5K - Feb 2011: 23:45

    Half Marathon - Apr 2011: 1:49:18

    Marathon - May 2011: 3:56:05

    Half Marathon - Oct 2011: 1:49:14 (PR)

    5K - Nov 2011: 22:20 (PR)

    Marathon - Dec 2011: 3:41:42 (PR)

  • Surfing_Vol Legend 848 posts since
    Nov 6, 2007
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    5. Jan 27, 2011 8:30 AM (in response to Berndog19)
    Re: Half-Marathon training w/12 hour workdays

    For what it's worth, I wear Zensah compression sleeves on long runs, including the half marathon that I ran a week and a half ago.  They seem to work.





    Presentation1.jpg

    Surfing Vol

    "Victory through attrition!"

    Charleston Half-Marathon 1/15/2011 -- 1:52:03

    The Scream! Half-Marathon 7/16/2011 -- 1:56:00

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