I have walked two half-marathons this summer, one on June 5th and another on Labor Day weekend. Because of a previous injury, I fell and reinjured myself during the first one, but I was determined to finish, bloody elbow and all. I finished the second one (on part of the same course) with no problems. Now I am wondering, could I do another one this weekend, seeing I've been in training now for months, or is two weeks not enough recovery time?
I'm so glad you posted this question. I am always asking myself this because I really need a goal to stay focused and motivated and there is nothing quite like a Half Marathon looming on the calendar to keep me walking. I've also done 2 within the past 4 months with another coming up in 4 weeks. I've done a few 5Ks in there for good measure, but I am always feeling like perhaps I'm doing too much or just not enough of the right/smart things in order to stay injury free.
I have read several walking books that all recommend a recovery period of varying lengths, and I always grant myself a few days off after a Half -- although I find that is really more of a mental rest than a physical one.
The only thing that seems to fall by the wayside when I bunch my races close together is any type of cross training. I'm terrible at doing this as it is, but throw in a packed schedule and it all goes out the window. The more walking I do, the more important I find cross training to be for my overall health and performance -- yet I do so very little of it.
Congratulations on finishing through the pain. I look forward to hearing what others have to say on this topic.
I too do events to stay focused. (4 marathons and 3 half marathons so far) Training for the second and third marathons was hard ( I didn't really train for the first) when I got up around 14 miles. So my soultion is to stay at a level better than that, so I do half marathon or better distance every weekend that I can. 38 times so far this year. My usual is 15 miles. I have even done back to back 13.5 mile walks with one on Sunday and one on Monday. I'm walking as fast as I can and trying to get faster. I'm at ~11:40/miles, sometimes faster and sometimes a little slower.
So my answer is just listen (somewhat) to what your body is telling you and remember you can train for whatever you want to do.
I did my first 1/2 marathon in Maine on October 3, 2010. Two weeks later, I did another 1/2 marathon in Newport, RI. Everything was fine, not even a blister. I think it depends on the person.
I have done two half marathons for the last 3 weekends. I have a double this weekend and another double next weekend. If you train and take care of yourself during the week, it is possible to keep walking. I too am a walker and never run but still finish halfs between 3 hrs - 3:10. Working on getting faster now that I have the endurance down.