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How important is it to run 3 x weekly training for a 1/2marathon if I am biking 8+ hours weekly, are the running miles really needed as I found my fitness has dramastically increased since I started biking 1 year ago and my running speed at same intenisty has increased BUT coz my speed has gone up my injuries in running are reappearing even though I run at Maff levels so can I miss one of my runs (the sat eve easy 8-10km) but keep my mon run and thursday long run<br><br>
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What are you goals for the HM? And what else is on the plate? What is your history?<br><br>
I think 3x per week is the min. you need to do. But with the biking there should be some things you can move around and tailor to help decrease the injury risk. As you are finding, fitness is one thing, the pounding another.<br><br>
Oh, and when is the HM?
 

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my 1/2 marathon is the end march and my goal is 1:50<br><br>
at the moment the pace of long runs is about 5:20/km for 16km but I just prefer riding the bike as I can go out for an 1.5 hard workout with no pain the next day whereas running which I prefer for cobweb cleaning of the brain can only be run at low intensities if i don't whish to get injured and a long run in terms of time is 1.5 hours approx which is an easy bike time so surely I am getting more bank for my buck with a high intensity 1.5 hour ride than a 1.5 hour slow run
 

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3X week absolutely............you can do long run, tempo run, then a run at an easier pace if you want, but definitely you need 3 per week.
 

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I agree that 3 runs is better than 2. Is your goal of 1:50 a stretch for you, or is that just easy as cake? If you're quite fit and if it's easy to go that speed for you, you'll probably be fine for the two runs a week. But if it's at all a stretch, you need that third day for speed work/hill work/tempo run or some other quality workout.<br><br>
With all the biking, you can likely cut out the "easy" miles that you might otherwise run. But you need to keep the quality runs there.
 

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I'm going to agree with both der Kaiser and Jules on this one.<br><br>
You can run a half marathon off of only running 3 times per week, but if you do, make sure every single one of your runs is quality. That will ensure you maximize what you have in store to gain rather than having anything take away, because at 3 times per week, anything away is too much.<br><br>
However, you really should listen to der Kaiser and examine your goals. Because I'll be honest, if you've been running for a long time, and if you've raced the HM distance several times, then running only 3 times per week will net you nothing more than a serious disappointment. Biking will no doubt help, but only if you're doing quality rides. A pedal down to the ice cream shop with the kids is not quality for anything other than the time spent with the kids.<br><br>
So of course you can run a HM on 3 days per week. But examine your goals to determine how you carve up those 3 days and, if the goals are lofty, how to bump up the quality of run or number of days.
 
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