Wednesday, January 28, 2009

How Much Running Is Too Much Running?

By Amanda MacMillan

When I revamped my training schedule a few weeks ago, I realized I need to tread a thin line: I want to train as hard as I can in the next two months to prepare for the NYRR Half-Marathon Grand Prix in Brooklyn, but I don’t want to ramp up too quickly and end up with shin splints, stress fractures, or other problems that result from overtraining.
I recently cracked seven miles—more than an hour of running, which is a huge accomplishment for me. (I never made it past this point during my attempt at half-marathon training last fall.)
I’m not the likeliest candidate for an overuse injury (I’m not running that far or fast, and I’m only running four days a week), but according to a recent New York Times article, many runners who train for 10Ks, half marathons, and marathons are overtrained by the time they reach the starting line.
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