(Closed) Training for a half marathon

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

As long as you’re not a brand new runner going from 0 miles (which you aren’t!), 3.5 months is plenty of time for a half.  I think most half training programs are only 2-3 months anyway.  Good for you!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh, that’s plenty of time.  After not running any further than 6 miles (and having not run at all for a good 6 months) I trained for a half in about 3 months and finished faster than my goal time!

You’ll do great, just keep at it.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I trained with a group I found through my local sporting goods store.  I would start by looking up local running groups in your area.  It’s a lot easier to train when you’re doing it with a group (a lot funner too!)  I still meet up with the girls I trained with in the running group for weekend runs now.

If you don’t want to go the group route, I’d check out the Runners World website or any of Galloway’s running materials (you can google them.)  They’re all good programs.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

repeat post

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

repeat post.  Seriously, what’s up with the boards today?

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You’ll be fine.  Going from a 10K to a half will be easier than you think.  It’s not like you’re starting from zero.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Yay, go you!

I think you’ll be fine in terms of the timeframe since you’re already a runner, but you may want to ramp up your training regimen a little – i don’t know what you currently do training-wise but marathon running is quite different from track or street running, as it’s both a speed and an endurance sport.

Rather than just going out running as training, you should look at adding some weight training (I’m not talking pumping iron and getting massively bulky, don’t panic!) – light weights and high reps will help improve your stamina; and any aerobic exercise (i’d recommend low impact like bike, rowing machine, etc) to improve your general fitness.

There are a lot of resources on the net, some useful ones i’ve found are:

Runners Web

Running4Women

Marathon Rookie

Good luck!  Let us know how you get on 😉

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

I just wanted to say good luck and ditto the rsources online. They’ll help to train you for the half in no time!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Good luck- you can definitely train in three months- as long as you stick with it!  I have used a bunch of different training plans, but I am pretty set with Hal Higdons.  I think his is the most manageable for beginners and it prepares you the best!  Let us know how it goes!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yes, this is plenty of time. I am a “new runner” but not new to frequent exercise just not running. I started trianing 2 weeks ago and jogged almost the entire 5K today. My half is in October and I have a lot of work to do but I think I will be ready. Maybe not to run the entire thing but i will be able to complete it. Good luck 🙂

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

oh yeah, i am using the training calender from Hal Higdons, Novice

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