How much time downtime or training time should you have between races. My daughter and I finished our first 5k race this past weekend. We did the Nike invitional (the citizens run) here in arizona. I have been running for the last 6 months but seriously training for the last 4 months, my daughter hasnt really been training, but has been running a lot. My time was 19.12 and her time was 32.48 in the citizens race. There is another race that is coming up on 12/5 that I am considering signing us up for, but not sure if that is too soon. Also I am signing us up for the PF Chang half marathon and not sure how to attack the work outs.................... any help would be appreciated.
5k- 18.17(12/11) - 5m- 32.12(12/11) - 10k- 39.58(12/11) - 13.1- 1:27:42(12/11)
9/11/11 - I did a green run 5k - 20.00
10/22/11 - YMCA 5k - 19.38
11/24/11 - Mesa Turkey trot 10k - 55.36 (PR) (backwards)
12/4/11 - Fiesta Bowl HM - 1.27.42 (PR)
12/10/11 - Sally's Run 5k - 18.17 (PR)
1/7/12 - Run, walk, roll 5k - 18.53
1/15/12 - PF Changs HM - 2.10.27(PR) (backwards)
2/12/12 - Runners Den 5 & 10 - 18.24
2/12/12 - Parkinsons 5k - 19.24
3/3/12 - Ryan House 5k - 18.21
3/10/12 - Fight Childrens Cancer 5k - 18.21
3/17/12 - Kiss me Im Irish 8k
4/1/11 - Carlsbad 5000
It sounds to me like you have a fitness level where you can go out running this week. Keep the intensity and distance low -- but go ahead and run.
In regard to the half marathon -- find a training plan.
There is a fairly recent thread in one of the forums about this very topic. A little search and you will find it.
If you can run a 5k in 19:12 after only 6 months of training you don't need any down time after your race. You can run 5k and 10k distances week after week with no problem. Last year I ran 3 half marathons in 3 weeks and got my best time on the 3rd one. If I could get my 5k time into the 19 minute range like you I would be very happy. Get a good training plan and stick to it. Hal Higdon's website has good ones that I use all the time. Great job on your 5k and good luck on your first half marathon!!
I agree with Gary. With a time of 19:12 you are in good shape. I also agree running 3 HMs in 3 weeks is okay. However don't push it too much, you don't want to get hurt - pulled muscles etc. This year I have done a lot (11 HM, 1 17K, 2 10K, 1 15K, 2 8K, 4 Sprint Tris & 3 Olympic Tris) and one more HM to go. As Gary, I did 3 HMs in 3 weeks. I also got better PRs with each race. However I have been hurt twice these year, both times because I pushed too hard - without proper rest. In fact I am doing the second 3 in row HMs with the one to come. With this last HM I wish I had allowed at least 2 weeks or better yet 3 weeks between races. The way to do it is have a couple days rest after each race and then slowly build your distance and speed back up and then have a couple days rest (very slow or no running) just before the race. You can push yourself hard for a few weeks but then take a gap to rest and train. According to the experts most injuries happen during the race, so if you feel like you are getting one, pull up but finish the race - don't get hurt. There is always another race.