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I've been working out my tri training schedule for a sprint, and I worry that the low volume of running won't prepare me, or give me an adequate running base, for running a hm a month after my triathlon, and a full marathon 2 months after that.<br><br>
Would it be an okay idea to, maybe, tack on a handful of miles to my training runs to keep a good running base?
 

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I'd insert your HM program "runs" into the Sprint program overall. i.e. remove Sprint miles and insert HM miles - if that makes any sense?<br><br>
Basically because HM is longer "distance" I'd use that as the primary and then overlay the tri stuff on top of it.
 

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I would lay out the Full M schedule first.<br>
Then insert the Half M into it (it should mesh right in only requiring a light week for taper and some recovery if you are really racing it).<br>
Then fit the tri training in and around the running. Throw out the tri running stuff, you will get plenty of that. The swimming adds directly. The biking will need a little massaging to squeeze in, replacing a bit of the running and fitting in bricks. Some runs can be replaced with bikes (it's all aerobic). And some runs will fit in as brick pieces.<br><br>
I think creating schedules like this is great fun.
 

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Thank you for your responses. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Great question, helpful responses. I was JUST thinking about this same issue while I was running this morning!!!
 

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Whoops, I missed that. TPFD is rght. Longest distance, then overlay HM, then overlay sprint.
 

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Ah, this makes even more sense. Thank you. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Are you all over the place with race goals for 2008, too? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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haha, are we the same person???? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
I just posted something similar to this in your other thread.
 

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Well I do tend to talk alot (I'm chatty...but I hate to talk on the phone), and I once locked myself out of the house while pregnant and had to climb through a window. Also lost the key to the lock at the gym and had to get cutters from the gym attendant. And more than once I forgot to bring a towel to the gym for after showering. So..it is highly possible. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
I'll go read that. I am expecting a good 2008, just not sure how to map it all out. I'm a crazy planner-type person and like to know what I'll be looking at months in advance.<br><br>
What are you considering for 2008?
 

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He's got great advice ... it might be a good idea to throw in a few speed sessions too, so the legs don't get "lazy". My trainer had me do those even after running 11k or more when I was marathon training (i.e. intervals at 5k pace). When I didn't put them into my training, my marathons were definitely slower.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
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hee-hee!! You got me! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I had to climb thru our bathroom window one time when we both locked ourselves out!<br><br>
I'm the same way with stuff like this, I like to plan for the year. I know for sure I'm doing a few halfs, but I definitely want to do some tris as well. I know I'll do this short one at the beginning of June, it's local and super fun (and short!). And I have two friends who do it with me. I'm also doing the Muddy Buddy again this year.<br><br>
My big focus is not losing the running fitness I've gained this year. I have made serious strides and I don't want it to go away. Plus it's helping me shed some of my still remaining chub.
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> My problem is I don't know what I want to do. I kinda thought I'd let 2007 be my marathons year and then switch to tri's in '08, but the truth is, I like the running too much to do that. Today I'm thinking I'll do some sprint tri's in '08, but still keep running as my first focus.<br><br>
Disclaimer: I may change my mind tomorrow... <img alt="rolleyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif">
 

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Same here. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I did a lot of running in 2007, but didn't hit the marathon that I had intended. This year I really want to juggle both. It is only the third day into the year...so... <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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I would add that I usually only do sprint distance triathlons, but in prep I run a couple of HM's, I'm not sure you can run too much if you are only racing sprints, the hours required to do well in sprint distance allow much more time for "other" exercising. Run away it won't hurt your sprint times. If you can go out and run hard for over an hour you can do well in sprints, I think it keeps the ticker in the best shape of all three exercises.
 

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One thing that no one has mentioned. What is your #1 goal race? Your training plan should focus on that. When I get overly ambitious and try to do it all, IronHubby (a certified triathlon and cycling coach) reminds me to think about which race is my goal race. Which is the most important? And then go from there.
 
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