My brother is set to run a half marathon next weekend, one at the start of September then one in October. He is 32, fit enough to have run a half marathon before and continues to train. Is there any reason why running 3 half marathons so close together is bad for his health in any way? If not, are there any training methods he should use in addition to normal half marathon training? Thanks in advance for any help. After speaking to others on the web, I found the answer. I'll start with a personal note about my running. I try to run a race every month and these can be 10k, half or full marathons, what your brother is doing is a similar regime to mine – 1 a month. I pick races that look interesting, are local or where I can have a good weekend away. Sometimes I do 3 half's in 3 months, sometimes there will be a marathon in there too. Over the past 4 or so years that I have been doing that I haven't suffered for it. Some halfs have only been 2 weeks apart, and the times for both have been similar. When he runs a half marathon he has a level of fitness to enable him to run that far, and between races all he has to do is to maintain that fitness – which is easier than getting fit to start with. As a result the training in between half marathons can be lighter than normal and so better for him than his current training. I would suggest he keeps his normal half marathon training schedule going up to the first run. The week after the runs he should take it easy – a day or 2 off then light running during the rest of the week. The rest of the time in between races he could do 3 runs during the week of 6 to 8 miles. In between the half he could do a couple of longer 10 mile runs as well just to top up his fitness. Make sure he rests well the week before the half marathon and he should be fine. That will keep him at the level he is currently at and he should improve his times a bit. He might want to also work on going a bit quicker in which case he can do any short runs – half hour sessions – where he just runs fast to build up his speed. One thing I have found usefull is to do any strength training as well – whole body conditioning helps prevent injuries Hope that helps a bit.
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