Message Category: New!: First-Timers/Wannabes Topic: first half in Oct...first full in May...questions
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Just Carry It on Through The Winter Sunbeam 8/3/07 9:35:52 PM ET
If you have a good running route available with low vehicle traffic ~ and particularly dirt/gravel roads that are plowed regularly, just carry your training on through the winter. Winter running makes excellent time for slower aerobic training vs. the faster anaerobic training, and you will be amazed at your conditioning level come April when you can pick up the speed again. Do longer, but slower runs in the winter for the aerobic conditioning, and, wear Yaktraks or spikes depending on your preference. I ran all winter all the time, and Yaktraks do a great job .... plus, you have a number of thaw days throughout the winter anyway when you don't have to use the Yaks. A half marathon in October followed through with the long and slow aerobic conitioning through the winter will have you running like a charm for the marathon in May. There is nothing like blasting through a blizzard in January .... makes you tough as nails both mentally and physically, and mentally is more than half the purpose???