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You can definitely do that, increasing a bit each week til you hit thirteen.
I definitely think you're on the right track. I've completed four half marathons, and it wasn't until my most recent one that I relaxed about my training. This last time I allowed myself plenty of time to train, and I slowly increased my long runs until I was at 11-12 miles. I was so much happier with my run at the event, and I knew I had trained well, even though I didn't follow a specific published plan. I am also a slow runner, but I get it done. It helped me to remember that whether you run a 7 minute mile or a 13 minute mile, you've still run a mile! Keep training, and good for you for setting a goal!
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I followed, loosely, a training plan for my half. It was fine.
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That's what I did and now I have 4 half marathons under my belt! I just increased my weekly long runs each week until I was able to run 13 miles about two weeks before my race.
Hi, everyone! I'm new to this team and new to running. I started running in May, have run five 5k's since then, and am eyeing a half-marathon in 2014. So far I'm intimidated by some of the training plans. They're all really detailed and I'm wondering why I can't, you know, just run. And then run a little further, and run a little further, until I can run 13.1 or more.
So far my longest comfortable distance is 8 miles and I'm feeling great. Speed is not my bag; I'll never be fast and I'm totally okay with that.
Am I too naive in thinking I can just keep on chugging, increase my distance slowly and consistently, and get myself there without the crazy detailed, intimidating training plans?