After running two half marathons at the start of the season, I've been taking a break from "training" for an event and just going out running. Trails, road, whatever strikes my fancy.

I've been enjoying myself so much that my weekly mileage has been going over 40 miles regularly and I feel really great. I'm also getting faster without trying too hard.

So here's the deal: I want to get ready for another half marathon in October. It is 15 weeks out. I have the 12 week half plan I used earlier in the season. I was thinking about picking that back up in 3 weeks.

However, I'm really loving the longer distances I've worked up to and I hate to lose what I've worked to earn. In fact, after this fall trail half, I'm going to start training for a full marathon in the Spring.

So to my question: Do I really have to start at week one in the plan to be race-ready or can I jump ahead in the plan closer to the race date and still be OK?

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