I am so thankful for this group - you guys have been supportive and always there for my questions.
A bit of background - I have been running consistently since June 21st and have run several 5K's.
I am currently running 3-4 miles 3-4 times per week. (still doing a run:walk program usualy 4:2 at this time) and have been injury free for quite a long time.
I am doing the Turkey Trot 5 miles in one more week!
I am looking (ok fantasizing) about running the half marathon in Miami with my cousin. The race is January 30th -- and if I do the race I will also get a trip to South Beach and a couple days in Disney which is a huge motivation for me.
I am looking to make a time... I am just looking to survive it! I know it wont be easy ... but anyways....
Does anyone have a recommendation on a half marathon training program that they have used --- that they like -- that worked?
Thanks so much!
Started: July 2010 at 273#
Fox Cities 5K on 9/17: 45:19 (264#)
Shake a Tail Feather 5K on 10/16: 45:09 (254#)
Hope Run for Africa 5K on 10/23: 42:45 (248#)
Jingle Bell Run 5K on 11/6/10: 44:20 (248#)
Turkey Trot 5 mile on 11/25/10: (246#)
Miami ING Half Marathon 3:23:56
Oshkosh Half Marathon 3:16:38 (PR)
Cellcom Half Marathon in GB (horridly windy race) 3:21:56 (244#)
On the 7th I ran the NYC marathon and this was my first marathon. I used the training program on marathonrookie.com. I found the program worked for me and the site had a lot of useful information. I will be using their 1/2 marathon training program to run a 1/2 marathon in the spring. Good luck - you can do it !!!!
Half-marathons are one of my favorite races. Through all of the grueling training I've endured for races, the biggest tip I can provide is to find people to run with you, especially on the longer runs. Its such a big help on keeping you motivated when you hit a wall. Also, when you are planning to meet other runners, it keeps you accountable to sticking to your schedule. Of course, you will have some days when you run alone, and that's ok. Another important aspect to training for a half-marathon is staying hydrated. I think the most noticeable difference between a 10k and a half-marathon is how much more fluids your body needs during your runs. Lastly, you need time and dedication. Training for a half-marathon is no small task, and there will inevitably be days when you feel too tired to put on your running shoes, and pound out 8 miles. But, the pay-off is well worth it when you cross over that finish line, and receive your first half-marathon medal. I use a 14-week half-marathon schedule, and it works awesome for me. Click here to check it out and to get more information!
Good luck with the training, and Happy Running!
Believe you can do it. Think no other way but “Yes you can.”
The human body is capable of considerably more physical endurance than most of us realize.