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just starting c25k with my husband...i would really like to aim for 1/2 marathon, i have found one that interest me in jan 2011. he thinks that is not enough time to train since neither of us are runners...should we try for it or just start out slow....5k, then 10k, then 1/2 marathon? How long does it take to train for 1/2 marathon?
Everyone is different there is no set time for anything you go at your own pace seeing and learning your body.
Short term goal finish a 5k and see how it works for you, It might not be as easy as you think but i dont know anything about you.
Then train for a 10k, then if you have those 2 under your belt go for a half.........
I would say 15 to 20 miles a week is a good start for a1/2 training 3 to 4 days a week, healthy and injury free, of course.
It's not only about finishing, its about finishing healthy!
You should be able to get ready for a half by January. C25K has you running a 5K after 9 weeks (end of June). Take another 9 weeks to train for a 10K (end of August). That leaves at least 17 weeks to train for the half-marathon. That should be plenty of time to ramp up your weekly mileage and your long run to be ready to run the half.
thanks for the info...by reading and talking with others I was hoping I had the timeline right and you said exactly what I was thinking. I may actually set those goals...5k, 10k, then 1/2 and hopefully since the 1/2 is my main goal, i will still reach it but with stepping stones, if you have any advice on training or training or any recommendations I am all ears>>>Thanks!!!
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The novice half marathon program worked really well for me.
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It took me about 4 months to train for it, but I was overweight. Granted after all the training I'm back at my desired size, and found that I started to train better after I began rehydrating with Vita Coco instead of Gatorade. It helped me get to the time I wanted alot faster. It contains alot of vital nutrients necessary for training and it tasted delicious to boot.
I think a slow build is best. An 8 k may be a great place to start, then a 10k, and then a 1/2 marathon... no need to throw in a 10 miler...
My first 1/2 marathon took me about three months to train for, but that was after having trained for a 10 miler that I was unable to race...
I think you have PLENTY of time between now and January to train for a 1/2, if you are smart about it. Find a decent plan for each race, and go and do it.