Half Marathon???

Thursday, April 07, 2011

So, I am on my 5th week of the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog program. It has been tough, but honestly, I was afraid I wouldn't make it, so I've gotta say, I'm pretty damn proud! Throughout, I have lost 5 pounds and 2 inches (and have obviously gained a bit of muscle, so I'm sure I actually lost a few more pounds than my scale tells me).

I am participating in the Warrior Dash next weekend (so I will keep up the training next week too for an additional week), and am afraid that if I don't have another race type of thing to work towards, that I will not keep up with the running. I would really like to keep it up, and get to a point where I LOVE to run, and can keep running for 30 minutes straight (or more). At this point, getting through the 3 minutes of running (jogging) on each stage is tough enough, so building my strength and endurance is my goal. Obviously, I know that I need to set more tangible goals, so I am thinking about doing the Dallas White Rock Half Marathon in December. What do you think?

My plan is to do the 5K Your Way Running program, after I do the Warrior Dash. I will probably just do the same last week of the Walk/Jog program that I am finishing up this week, for a couple more weeks, and then start the new Running program. Then, I can keep up with just jogging for 20-45 minutes, 3-4 days/week for a month or so, before beginning my training for the half marathon. This scares the caca outta me!! For real!! The thought of even being able to jog for 30-45 minutes straight freaks me out enough, but supposedly I'll be able to do that at the end of this next Running program, and considering I didn't even think I'd be able to jog for 3 minutes straight, and now I can do that, I am gonna go for it!!

A friend recommended the book "The Non-Runner's Marathon Training." Has anyone read that book? It talks about training for a marathon from the very beginning stages, and gets into the mental aspect of it all, as well as the physical. This sounds great to me, because even doing the super short jogs that I have throughout this first program, I have dealt with some serious mental stuff! I cannot imagine how intense it must get when training to jog for 30 minutes and longer. Yikes!

In that book, the training program to run a marathon lasts about 4 months, after already being able to run for 30 minutes straight. Can I do it??? We will find out! I think I will seriously GO FOR IT! Do I have your support? Cuz I'm gonna need all the support I can get!

I would love any input on this from those of you who have gone from barely being able to jog for even 1 minute, to doing a half marathon, or even a marathon. As a beginner, any pointers or tips would be most helpful!

Thank Y'all & wish me luck!!
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    It's a big goal and you'll want to be careful about how you address it.

    I run at least one race a month and i'll be building to my first marathon in October.

    I didn't run a half until I had been running for about a year. I also did the interval method - I ran 5 minutes and walked 1 minute throughout the race.

    Good luck to you!
    2478 days ago
    I went from never running a step in my life to running half marathons. I started with C25K and ran several 5Ks that year. Then the next years I moved up to 10Ks and then the half. So I was running about a year and half before my first half. Of course everyone is different but I would try a 10K first and see how that goes. If that feels good then go for it, but take it slow and don't push yourself into injury.
    2478 days ago
  • BLK2010
    I ran my first HM last year, one in Sept 2010 and one in Jan 2011. During that time I only ran one 2- 5K's before my first half and I have only done 3 official 5K's. I started my HM training in April 2010. I ran on avg. 3 x per week. Long run on the weekends. I mixed in spin class, biking and little ST. I ran both my HM using the Jeff Galloway Method, 3 min run 1 min walk intervals. I could of never done it any other way. I am not a huge "fan" of running but I love being able to say, I ran 5 miles today. I read his book, Half Marathon Training. Give it a look, goggle his website. There is even a Galloway Spark page. It was the best fir for me! Good Luck!U can do it! emoticon
    2478 days ago
    If you train wisely, you can do it. I, however, would recommend training to walk/run the half. Check out Galloway's training plans. I have finished two halfs and one full marathon using this. Best of luck!
    2478 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    I am a very careful and conservative runner so I would advise you to wait until you get more running base under your belt before running a half. The reason being is to let your body adapt to running first and foremost before challenging it to long distances. If you push the envelope, you may be setting yourself up with injuries. trust me, that is not fun. Just think about it long and hard before you commit. Best wishes!
    2478 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/7/2011 12:23:04 PM
    How exciting for you! You can definitely do it if you put in the time & effort you can do it! I did the c25K program as well & by the end I was able to run for 30 minutes non-stop! I defintely agree that having races lined up helps with motivation, I still in fact try to do one per month to keep me motivated to run. I did gradually increase my running/races distances which I would recommend. First it was the 5K, then the 4M, 5M, 10K then the half. Good luck & stick with it!
    2478 days ago
    Girl! I sooo hear you! I went from nothing, to now having completed 12 half marathons since joining spark. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

    Take walk breaks when you need to, and you'll be great!
    2478 days ago
    Sounds like you're making great progess. I did my first half marathon last year and had a blast training, etc. I used the book The Marathon Method by Tom Holland and of course all of the great resources here on Spark.

    I had run probably 2 dozen 5Ks in the past few years but was never really serious/did any training in between. Then last year I ran more 5ks, 2 10ks and my half. As far as timing is concerned, it sounds perfect. But you might want to try another distance race first - ie 10K.

    Happy training! I'm sure the Warrior Dash will be awesome.
    2478 days ago
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