(Closed) Question for runner bees– a 10k the week before a half?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
187 posts
Blushing bee

It sounds like you’ve been doing really consistent training and are really prepared for your half marathon!  Way to go!

I think that you’d be ok running a 10k the week before the half marathon.  However, I think it might be helpful to think of the 10k as more of a tempo run and maybe not run all out.  

You mentioned that you aren’t sure about your planned race pace for the half marathon… I think running the 10k at a somewhat comfortable pace might help you determine if that is a maintainable pace for 7 more miles and help you think about a goal pace.  I would suggest starting the 10k at a pace a little faster than your training runs maybe 15 – 30 seconds per mile and picking it up in the second half of the race if you are feeling good.

Hope that helps!

Post # 4
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Agreed, as long as you don’t race it all-out, you’ll be fine!! I would just run it at your usual training pace (at least 1 min/mile slower than your goal half marathon pace). Good luck!!

Post # 5
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I agree — go for the 10k.  Don’t run it to break any records, but run it to find a comfortable pace that you could sustain for another 7 miles.  Plus, as you mentioned, it will really help you with race day logistics, just having more race experience under your belt.

Post # 6
9124 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I agree – should be fine as long as you don’t really push yourself. (That’s when you get realllllly sore for a few days and it could definitely affect your half.) good luck!

Post # 7
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree with the other posters, it should be fine, but don’t go all out. If the half is really your goal race, then I’d run the 10k at a tempo pace. It will be great to get another race experience and to work out pacing in the first mile or two (which is always an issue for me). I would do it if I were you, but I’ve turned into a race junkie this year and would run many more races if i had more money for the entry fees.

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