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Keren Israel Rookie 1 posts since
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Jan 26, 2011 9:28 PM

Is 10 months enough time to train for a 1/2 marathon?

Hi everyone,  I ran my first 5k this past november ( my time was 32 minutes) and LOVED it!!! The run recently sent me an email telling me if i register again i can knock off $10. The $ is definitely not my main motivation, but it is definitely something to help push me to register. I have googled a few 1/2 marathon training schedules, but i am just curious as to if you guys think it was something that is possible? I work out around 4 days a week, and would love to cross this off my bucket list. I have signed up for a 4.2 mile run in the middle of april and i am pretty confident that i will be able to train to get up to 4.2 miles by april. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated

  • SkutnikJ Rookie 1 posts since
    Feb 24, 2010

    you should easily be able to train for a 1/2 marathon in 10 mths -- just increase your running times and distance slowly - but you have time to do it - find a plan that you like on the web - there are tons at and others -- GO FOR IT and GOOD LUCK!

  • Angelique Simpson Pro 92 posts since
    Mar 24, 2009

    10 Months is plenty of time to train for a half!! Last year I trained for my first half marathon, started the first week of January and the race was the first weekend in April. My plan allowed me to slowly increase the mileage and I was completely ready for the race. There are a lot of plans out there ranging from 12 to 18 weeks, I've not seen too many more than that. It would be great if you slowly work your way up, after your 4.2 mile run you should sign up for a 10k (6.2 miles). Once you complete that you will be ready to start a training plan for a half marathon and be all set to run it 3 months later (or sooner!).


    Good luck!!



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    5K - Apr 2009: 39:00
    5K - Jun 2009: 36:55
    5K - Sep 2009: 34:06
    10K - Oct 2009: 1:13:45
    5K - Nov 2009: 34:23
    5K - Feb 2010: 32:28
    Half Marathon - Apr 2010: 2:39:06
    5K - May 2010: 29:49
    10K - Jun 2010: 1:01:48

    5K - Aug 2010: 27:57

    Half Marathon - Oct 2010: 2:12:18

    10K - Nov 2010: 52:44 (PR)

    5K - Feb 2011: 23:45

    Half Marathon - Apr 2011: 1:49:18

    Marathon - May 2011: 3:56:05

    Half Marathon - Oct 2011: 1:49:14 (PR)

    5K - Nov 2011: 22:20 (PR)

    Marathon - Dec 2011: 3:41:42 (PR)

  • Kinver88 Pro 80 posts since
    Oct 2, 2010

    You shouldnt have a problem running a half if you stick to those schedules and stay injury free! My one bit of advice would be to use on of the days allocated fro cross training in those schedules as a gym day where you do things like squats, lunges and abdominal work. Not only will this make you a better runner as you will be stonger and better able to hold a propper running form, but you will also have a fighting change of steering clear of injury. I started training for a marathon a few years ago and not doing that kind of strenght work in the gym was my downfall and put me out of action for the best part of half a year.


    Hope that helps


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  • Surfing_Vol Legend 848 posts since
    Nov 6, 2007



    You can do it if you get a good plan, stick to it and take care of your body.  In the last year I went from not being able to run 30 minutes without stopping to running a half-marathon in less than 2 hours (still not fast).  While I have been a runner for a long time, I'm also old(er) and big (a Clydesdale).

 , and this site ( all have good half-marathon training programs that you should look at.


    Remember to LISTEN to your body and take time off from running -- and cross train -- if your legs are hurting.


    Good luck!


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  • Michelley8 Amateur 16 posts since
    Feb 17, 2009

    Definitely!  I say go for it.  Nothing is a better motivator than having a goal to work towards.  Good Luck.

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  • Expert 50 posts since
    Feb 6, 2010

    You can totally do it!  I started training in Jan 2010 and ran my first half in mid-September.  I wasn't fast, but I finished and then I ran another one in November because I enjoyed the first one so much.  I plan to run 3 more this year.  Watch out...they are addictive!

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