I would recommend this method to anyone who is intimidated like I was of the long run for marathon training. By this point seven miles is not a huge deal - meaning seven miles does not scare me.....as much as twenty miles.
PROS of the Long Run/ Half Marathon Combo:
- Course support means not having to run with all the stuff needed to keep you going for that many miles
- Cheering volunteers and spectators- they are always good motivation/ distraction to keep your butt in motion
- You get a medal at the end. Twenty miles around the neighborhood does not result in this.
- This equals a long run with other runners to keep you motivated.
CONS of the Long Run/ Half Marathon Combo:
- For me I had to let the idea of 'racing' (let's be real I am more the completing type than the competing type) go- getting a PR feels out of the question with all the miles I have been running during the week and the mileage before the half. If this bothers you, being at a race might be frustrating.
- There is about a five to ten minute interval between 'warm-up' and race time- this will not happen during the marathon. During this time I usually eat a granola bar. I will have to figure out fueling with non-stop running on my last long run in a few weeks.
Overall I really like this method of getting the mileage in while still working on my goal of running 30 half marathons before 30.
What do you think- would you ever fit in a long run this way?