I've been training for the Army 10 miler that is on October 24th in DC. I've been following a schedule for it and am doing well. It calls for 3-5 mile runs three times during the week, then one long run on the weekend. I did 9 this morning.
A few friends of mine are doing a local 10K or Half in October as well. It is two weeks before the 10 miler. So I am thinking, maybe I can do both? The weekend of the Half (Ocotber 10th) is my scheduled 11 mile run anyway, so what about just doing the Half instead. Is two weeks enough time to recover for the 10 miler?
Keep in mind that I've never run an ORGANIZED run longer than a 5k. But I am currently logging 20-25 miles per week on training runs right now. So, seasoned runners, what say you? Would you try it? Pros? Cons?
COUCH TO 5K GRADUATE- JULY 2009
08/15/2009- Patrick Joyce Scholarship Run 5K (Lakewood, OH) 30:00
08/29/2009- Outrun Ovarian Cancer OROC 5K (Cleveland, OH) 28:50
09/12/2009- Race for the Cure 5K (Cleveland, OH) 30:08
The down side is that you may not be as quick as you'd like in the 10 miler two weeks out, but here's what I'd do.
Add just a little bit to your long run starting now. I mean a little bit such that you are up to 12 two weeks before the half mary, dial back the long run to around 8-9 the week before, and then have fun at the half mary. The next two weeks would need to be a taper for the ten miler.
Again, you can definitiely do it. The biggest risk is that you push too hard at the half, aren't able to recover fully for the ten miler. But at that point you'll have 13.1 under your belt, so does the 10 mile race really matter as much?
I think you can do it-it is mental, keeping yourself up for continuous longs. I have done several back to back weekend halfs-the 2nd one is never perfect but you are just upping your conditioning that much more.