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As a novice runner who has just committed to his first half marathon, I’m seeking some advice on how best to prepare for this HM whilst not sacrificing other activities that I want to maintain.
I’ve only really dabbled with running in the past and never committed to it. I have ran the odd 10k race in recent years, but it’s not something I do regularly.
I mainly focus on cycling through the summer (on average 100- 150 miles per week), but this year when I put the bicycle away during the winter I want to maintain a higher level of fitness through those long winter months.
My ‘problem’ is that I usually play 3-4 competitive squash games per week. I find it very difficult to fit in regular running around this and stay injury free. At the moment, I’m struggling with tendonitis in my knee which I’m trying manage. I also get in one game of 5-a-side and one 0.5-1 miles swim per week.
I ‘m prepared to cut back to 2 games a week to realistically fit in the running and manage any injury.
Basically, has anyone experienced the same problem with managing running alongside squash (or similar) and cross training? Any advice would be most appreciated.
My Background – 31 years old, male, 78-79 KG, 6ft. The odd 10k race per year, which I train with 2 or 4-5 mile runs 8 weeks in advance.