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I'm taking this week off from running after completing my first half, and then the next one I'm thinking about doing is March 22, which is 11 weeks out from this coming weekend.<br><br>
I'm wondering how to approach the training for this next race--start all over again from the beginning or pick up where I left off?<br><br>
At the beginning of the training plan I just finished, I was running 5 days a week, 3-4 miles during the week with a long run of 7 on the weekend. I usually did one easy run, a tempo run, an interval workout and a recovery run for the weekday workouts and alternated the long run with a shorter pace run on the weekend. At the end of the plan my weekday runs were 5-6 miles and the longest run I did was 15 miles. I think it was a well structured plan, I just don't know what would be ideal, starting all over or picking up maybe in the middle somewhere.<br><br>
Thoughts? Recommendations?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Lisa
 

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If you are only taking a week off from your last Half, then I see no need to start all over at the beginning...assuming you aren't suffering from any injuries.<br><br>
Would jumping into your plan at 11 weeks out from your target race be a stretch for you?<br><br>
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Is a week off not enough?<br><br>
No injuries. My quads and hamstrings are a little stiff these past couple of days but that's all. I've been walking on the treadmill and stretching to keep things loose--and I've taken the week off from my weight training and spinning as well, so nothing strenuous.<br><br>
The plan I was using was a 12 week plan so going back to 11 weeks out would be almost starting over. It would take me back to about 15 mpw or so for a few weeks after averaging 25 mpw for the past couple of months. But if a week off is not really enough then maybe it would provide a bit of a breather before getting back into those higher miles.
 

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Correction--11 weeks out to 8 weeks out are 22,20, and 23 mile weeks, so not so much of a difference as I thought.
 

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You might want to do 2 weeks of recovery and then start over from 10 weeks out if the plan you previously followed was difficult enough for you to feel like doing it over would continue to help you improve.<br><br>
But, I'm no expert. I don't do any quality runs and you do 2 a week! Impressive. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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my $.02 - I'm not big on down time - I like to essentially do my taper in reverse and get back out and running ASAP<br><br>
no reason to start back at the beginning of the program - jump into the middle (where the action is) and repeat some of the good weeks
 
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