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So I am a brand new runner (duh, that's why I'm posting here ). I got into running because "all my friends were doing it" sometime in mid-may. I walked my first 5k on June 8th with a decent time of 55:14 (wasn't going for time, goal was to finish). My friend (who has run in the past) signed up for the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in Feb 2014 and I decided to throw caution to the wind and join her. I'd like to have a time to submit to get myself out of the last corral - which means I need a decent time in a 10k by the end of November. I just signed up for a local Galloway training group that starts July 8th and have been attempting to follow his training plan (we've had a lot of tornado-bad weather recently, so it's impeding my outdoor time). My current plan is to do one race every 4-6 weeks until December. I was going to do 2 more 5ks and then hopefully start 10ks in September so that I have a few opportunities to improve my time before it is due for submission. Is this realistic? I feel very confused and I'm hoping the training group will get me understanding what I need to do. My goal for the 1/2 is to finish without being swept.
I'm not sure why you're worried about getting out of the last corral if your "...goal for the 1/2 is to finish without being swept." You might consider doing a couple weeks of the C25K (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml) to help prepare for the Galloway training group. Once you get several weeks into the training group you can make some decisions about numbers and scheduling of races through November. Getting some race experience is definitely a good idea but I think you need a little more "running experience" before deciding on the races.
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I second the C25k recommendation - and I think that it's really important, motivation wise as well as avoiding injury, not to run too many races. I'd stick to 6 weeks apart rather than four, and you may even find you enjoy your races more if you give yourself eight weeks in between so that you can see real progress being made.
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Couch to 5K graduate, September 2012
First 10K, June 2nd, 2013
First Half Marathon, September 2013
C25K gets another vote from me. I did that, then when I had that in hand focused on becoming a one-hour runner
My first race was on 4th of July 2011, slighly less than 5 miles. It was a stretch but I did it, then stuck to my training, did lots of 5Ks in 2012...I did a 10K in October...got through the winter...and in March did Hal Higdon's Novice 1 program and completed my first half earlier this month.
The biggest thing (my opinion) is discipline. You have to commit.
Sounds like your on a decent path. At this stage, putting on miles smartly is most important component of your training. I imagine that you will learn a lot in your Galloway group as it most likely be a structured cycle program. You can always find structured running programs online. This link has running plans for 5K's, 10K's, half marathons, and marathons. Good luck in your training.