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Cierra B. Rookie 4 posts since
Aug 11, 2010
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Mar 27, 2011 1:07 PM

Half Marathon Training after hiatus

I had just begun training for my first half-marathon a month ago when I broke up with my boyfriend of three years. My life turned upside down and I completely dropped training while I was rearranging my life. I've only run 3 times in the last month.


My race is scheduled for May 22nd (California Classic Half in Fresno), which gives me 8 weeks left to prepare. Can I do it? Is it possible to run a half with only 8 solid weeks of training after a 4 week hiatus? I don't have a time goal, I just want to finish. A month ago I had been running 3 times a week and cycling every day I didn't run. My weekday runs were 2-3 miles and my long run was 4 (I've only been running for about 8 months).


Is is reasonable to start up training up again? I had been using the John Bingham training program. Should I start up where I "should be" eight weeks out from a race? Or should I just run what I can and increase mileage as I can?


Any feedback welcome.

  • C Caldwell Rookie 3 posts since
    Mar 16, 2011
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    1. Apr 7, 2011 11:35 AM (in response to Cierra B.)
    Re: Half Marathon Training after hiatus



      Hey! I think it is possible if u focus on the goal! I would start slow and pick it up! I also have a set back and I am training for a 1/2 marathon as well!

    I say get back out there and run a few miles a day 5 days a wk! Start very slow! Pick back up with cycling or a dvd series like Jillian Michaels or p90x for strength/cross training. By the 2nd to 3rd week try to run 3 to 4 miles a day for 4 days a wk. maybe mon, wed, fri, and then sat with Tues and thurs being your cross training days. and sun would be your day of complete rest! Then work up to 5 or 6 miles by the 4th week. By the 6th week aim for 7 to 8 miles.

    The 7th week I would run easy whatever I felt the first day and maybe Wed of that wk run 10 miles rest of the week run easy

    By the week of the race strength training a few days and maybe a light run one day.

    If u build up your strength I believe u can run the 1/2 by then!

    Concentrate on the goal and u can do it! Be disciplined and focus! Make sure u rest some in between running! 1 step at a time!

    Best of luck!

  • treharnevx Rookie 2 posts since
    Oct 22, 2010
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    2. Apr 7, 2011 1:46 PM (in response to Cierra B.)
    Re: Half Marathon Training after hiatus

    Welcome back.  I too recently returned after a great hiatus.  I would definitely run what you can, increase mileage and increase time.  Try to get back on the Bingham training program amd find a local group that is training and run with them if possible.  Good luck.

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