A triathlon training run can come in many forms. Every triathlete is different and how they run train depends on several factors.
In the early days of triathlon there were only a handful of shorter races in the world. The Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii was basically the only option. That meant the early triathletes had to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles in order to reach the finish line.
The full Ironman distance is still very popular and requires some pretty intense preparation.
However as the sport of triathlon has evolved over the years a variety of distances are now available for people of all levels of fitness and ability. It’s no longer necessary to train for a 26.2 mile run.
For instance the run distance for an Olympic Triathlon is 6.2 miles and for a Half Ironman 13.1 miles. Of course the bike and swim legs are also shorter and as a result decreases the degree of difficulty of the triathlon run.
The shorter the race triathletes are training for the shorter their triathlon training runs need be. It naturally follows that fewer hours will have to be devoted to training in general.
If a triathlete is preparing for an Olympic Distance Triathlon there’s no point in running four or five days a week and doing long runs of two hours or more. Although it’s not unusual to put in long triathlon training runs of two or three hours if an Ironman race is on the horizon, it’s just not necessary if the run race distance is only going to be 6.2 miles as opposed to 26.2 miles.
For someone just starting out in the sport it would probably work best to start with the shorter races and ultimately graduate to the Ironman distance. That way it’s possible to ease into running and over time increase your triathlon training run distance as you take on the longer races.
One of the biggest benefits of easing into your run training over time is that it will help prevent injury. Injuries often result in lost weeks of training and in some cases, lost seasons.
The main cause of injuries among new triathletes is trying to do too much to soon.
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