Missing Training Runs for Half Marathon

by Jennifer
(Ohio)

Missing training runs for half-marathon or marathon is not unusual. If you know in advance that you are going to miss your runs, plan ahead and reschedule the long run.

Q: I'm currently training for a half marathon on April 17th. Wondering how bad it would be for me to miss 3 (possibly 4) days of running at the beginning of March. I am really worried about this & am having trouble finding advice on this subject. Thank you.

A: Hi Jennifer,

It is fairly common to miss a few training runs while training for a distance race like half marathon or marathon.

If you know in advance that you are going to miss a run, you can adjust your training schedule to make up for the missed runs. In particular, if you are going to miss a long run, try to do the long run either before or after your vacation. For the shorter missed runs, you can choose to skip them if you like.

If it is not at all possible for you to make up for the missed long run, don't worry too much about it. If you have been diligently training for your race, one skipped run won't affect your performance. If you still feel like making up for the missed runs, just add a few miles more to a few of your runs the following week.

Some runners take their running shoes while traveling and try to squeeze in a few runs depending on their schedule.

In summary, plan ahead to reschedule your missed long run if possible. If you cannot make up for it, continue training as though you didn't miss it. Hope this helps.

Best,
Vaishali

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