(Closed) Running a half marathon… is it a crazy idea?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
853 posts
Busy bee

I am running a half in August and it will be my first as well. I was never really a ‘runner’ per se, but I started running for this in March. After a few injuries (just very sore joints because my body wasn’t used to it), I’m now able to run about 7 miles. That’s only about halfway though! I’d say you can definitely do it. I looked up some training programs online, and here’s one that may be helpful:


Good luck!

Post # 5
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh my goodness! You have plenty of time to train for a half-marathon! You can check out free training programs online or join a local running group. When I signed up for my first half-marathon last year, I only had 8 weeks to train for it. I’ve become better at scheduling and training now and my time has definitely improved. 

Look for a training program that builds up mileage gradually. You should do a long run once a week and hit the 10-12 mile mark no less than 2 weeks before the race. Then do short and mid-distance runs the week before the race. Don’t over-train and try not to run empty miles. Also, I’ve found that training on hills is also helpful in building endurance. Try mixing in speed workouts, hill repeats, biking, swimming, and other forms of cardio to prevent unnecessary muscle and joint fatigue. 

The day before the race, avoid dairy and processed sugars and stick to lean protein (chicken breast is great) carbs, and lots of fluids. Peanut butter and jelly/banana/honey sandwiches are a great light night snack too. The morning of the race, eat a small breakfast (bagel with peanut butter, banana, oatmeal with soy milk) and continue to drink fluids. Lastly, after the race, make sure you stretch periodically. It helps prevent stiffness and excessive muscle soreness. 

Good luck!!! 

Post # 6
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Totally do able!!!! Do it!!!

Post # 7
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh, easily doable. I did a 6 week program for mine, starting from scratch.

Post # 9
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely plenty of time! I’ve done 5 of them and honestly I’m horrible at training! The first time I did it the farthest I’d ran at once was 7 miles.

I ran one last month without really training at all. I didn’t get signed up so I kind of stopped running and started doing Insanity. Then my cousin got hurt and gave me her entry.

I’d say if you’re running what you are now, and you start stepping up your distance you will be fine! They are so much fun!


Post # 10
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

not a problem at all.  i ran my first one completely impromptu and on four weeks of training.  i wouldn’t recommend that, but it was definitely a quick way to rip off the bandaid.  once you hit the double-digit miles, the half is a totally manageable distance.

Post # 11
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have a friend who ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February and was only training for a month or two before.  She is now completely hooked on running and is doing on in San Francisco in the fall.  I’m thinking about doing a half in the fall maybe if I can get past training in the sumer here.

Post # 12
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Pollywog:  Awesome!  Good luck!  I ran my first last month and it was the best feeling ever!!  I can’t wait for my next one.  I felt like I didn’t train much, but I was like you running 3-4 miles/4 times a week. I would do one long run a week, just whatever day I felt up to it.  The farthest I ran was 8 miles before I ran the half.  I also did all my training on the treadmill (mostly because of weather and so I wouldn’t be out alone) but I have done several 5Ks so I’m familiar with running outside. I was even able to run the whole thing without stopping to walk! I’m not very good at following a training schedule either, but I tried my hardest to follow it!

Post # 13
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Look into Hal Higdon plans for the half.  THey don’t have speedwork, but they will get you to the finish line uninjured and in one piece. They’re a great thing to build on.

Post # 14
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve never run a half marathon but I usually run 6 miles or so every other day.  If you can run 3-4 miles at that pace I would think you could easily run 6 or 7 miles if you paced yourself a little more.  Just try it and see!  And that would be a quarter marathon 😉

I think it’s cool you are doing the 1000 mile goal.  I set a new years goal to run 1000 miles in a year.  Sadly in April I was super busy and starting getting way behind.  Now i’m really far behind and there’s no way I’ll meet it.  But I’m still glad I ran like 300 miles in 4 months.  Good luck with your 1000 miles, you can do it!!!  Especially if are training for a half!

Post # 15
39 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

Do it, do it, do it!!

when I was in high school, I was a distance runner.  Sometimes I would run up to 7 miles per day.  Since then, I haven’t been competitive so I would run maybe 3 miles per day (and that’s only if I had enough time after work – sometimes I wouldn’t run at all).  My goal is to run a marathon, though, so I decided to sign myself up for a mini to train.

Prior to the mini, I signed myself up for various races, so that I would have no choice but to train haha.  In March, I ran a 5k, a 10k, and then a 10 mile.  When you gradually increase, it helps a lot.  I’m not going to lie 5k to 10k wasn’t too bad. 10k to 10 mile hurt but I felt great for doing it! Then, when I ran the mini in May, I had no problems.  I felt great.  I didn’t run fast by any means but I finished and that was my goal!

Plus, you’ll probably be surprised how many runners take breaks to walk at some point throughout the race, so you always can take a little break if you need to.  Plus they will have lots of water and port-a-potties throughout the race should you need to take a pit break.

Post # 16
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Esp since you are doing the half alone, it will probably be totally do-able. It’s when you are running with a group that is  more experienced trained, you can end up really tiring out or hurting yourself to keep up. Just keep in mind, not hear to kill it, here to finish it!

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