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Worthwhile to cross-train while preparing for half-marathon?

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Asked by: Patrick Bailey

Do you need to cross train for a half marathon?

Strength training, cross-training and stretching workouts are all just as important as running in building up the necessary athleticism you’ll need to run a half marathon. You’ll need to schedule your training routine to fit everything into each week.

How long should you train before a half marathon?

Most runners, including rookies, should take around 12 weeks – or 3 months – of training to get half marathon ready.

Is cross-training good for marathon training?

Many runners will benefit from including cross-training in their weekly training, as cross-training will improve your aerobic fitness while reducing your risk of injury—both of which will help you run better and for longer.

Is cross-training as good as running?

Cross-training is a very reliable means to become a faster runner. To make an absolute statement might be going too far, but I think it’s safe to say that almost every runner can run faster by cross-training appropriately than by running only.

Does walking count as cross-training?

Walking is a particularly attractive cross-training activity for runners, in particular, since it’s similar. “The more you can make an activity resemble the one you are primarily training for, the more effective that activity will be as a cross-training activity,” says Hamilton.

Do elite runners cross train?

Many elite runners incorporate cross-training into their weekly routines, so it’s part of their yearly plan as opposed to a reaction to injury.

Should you run 13 miles before a half marathon?

Runners running their first half marathon with a time goal, should run at least 13-14 miles ahead of their half marathon. These runners will benefit from some speed work including fartleks, tempos, goal race pace, and progression workouts, notes Norris.

Should I run 2 days before a half marathon?

Running the day before a longer-distance run, such as a half-marathon, can help your muscles store glycogen more efficiently. This will help you power through the grueling miles on race day. 3 An easy run the day before an endurance event (like a full marathon) can help shake out muscles.

What should I do 2 weeks before a half marathon?

Your longest distance should be about two weeks before your race. In the following week, taper your training to 60% of your peak mileage. Keeping workouts shorter but still maintaining quality will help keep your legs fresh. The weekend before your race should be your final long run, between 6 to 10 miles.

How many days a week should a runner cross train?

If you’re a recreational runner, try to supplement your three to four days of running with two to three days of cross-training. If you’re a competitive runner and run four to six days a week, you can substitute a low-intensity cross-training workout for an easy run or a rest day on one to two days a week.

How many times a week should runners cross train?

How often should I cross-train? Beginners should look to cross-train one to two times per week. Look to cross-train either the day before your long-run to rest your legs or the day after your long run to help recover your legs. These cross-training sessions should be anywhere from twenty to sixty-minutes at a time.

How do I cross train for a half marathon?

Long Runs: The key to half marathon training is the long run, progressively increasing in distance each weekend. Over a period of 12 weeks, your longest run will increase from 3 to 10 miles. Then, after a brief taper, you jump to 13.1.

Is CrossFit good for runners?

CrossFit improves power, strength, endurance, speed, balance and coordination – all qualities central to good running performance. Most CrossFit workouts target the entire body rather than a single muscle group, meaning you’ll increase your overall muscular strength, improving running form and efficiency.

Should I cross train on rest days?

While rest days are important to prevent injury, running every day may have some health benefits. Staggering your running days with cross-training or complete rest days can be an effective way to enjoy the benefits of running while still giving your body the occasional break.