I need help with my half marathon training schedule. I have been a hit or miss runner off and on since about January last year. Nothing too steady or consistent but I did manage to work my way up to a 6 mile run last summer before taking a long break from it. I finally started on a regular program following Hal Higdon's 10k program the beginning of May and have been doing really well on it but don't know when to jump over to ramping up my miles for the half. Should I stay around the 5-6 mile range for a month or so before I start adding more miles? How much time should I allow for the actual half training and building up that distance?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Mom to 2 boys (13 and 5)
5/22/10 Festival of Hope 5k [39:12]
10/17/10 1st Half Marathon - Girlfriends Half Marathon Vancouver, WA
I liked the training schedule on marathonrookie.com. You should be able to start it now at the level you are currently. Do you have a half picked out yet? I would work backwards from the start date of the half to know when to start whatever training program you choose. Then just work on your base miles till then. (Does that make sense to anyone but me?) LOL
Good luck with your training. I can't wait to do my next half!
My recommendation is to be as consistent as possible until you start your half training schedule with easy running. If you are comfortably running 5-6 miles (how many times/week?), you can increase your long run to ~7 miles. Try adding another day of running with 3-4 miles if that makes sense; it's tough to suggest specifics without looking at your training for the past month or two.
For a half, you should run at least two 10 mile long runs (at the minimum) but preferably more longer runs so you are sure you will finish and feel good. Depending upon where you're currently at, specific half training takes about 8-12 weeks.
Cheers, - Fitz.