Post # 1
Hi Runner Bees,
As I posted earlier, I am running the Philadelphia half marathon the week before Thanksgiving. I’m in great shape, have stuck to running 30 mpw and will have done 8 training runs of over 10 miles. I’m ready and want to finish respectfully and faster than my training runs.
A friend signed up for a 10k the week before my race and I thought it could be fun to join her. I’m only supposed to run 6 miles that day because I’m tapering and I could use the race experience because I’ve only done two 5ks. I have no clue what race pace is sustainable and figure a 10k could help guide me.
My question is, is this a stupid idea? Will a race a week before really have that much impact a week later? Is the race experience more important than the risk of hurting my half time?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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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
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.