what I do is read a lot of different plans, and then make one based on what works for my life. as long as you are consistently running you will be fine. doing some hill training will make any hills you come across less difficult.
I just read an interesting article that said the 10% rule (dont increase mileage by more than 10% a week) is running lore with no supporting evidence, but I think increasing a bit at a time seems intuitive. Best of luck with your race!
I walked my first half in May (the 500 Mini in Indianapolis). I found a few training programs that were going on in the area and joined one. Will be doing two more halves, August 31 the Indy Women's and September 28 the Mill Race Half. I've found a local training program to join -- I drive a bit for it, but it gives me people to walk with and ideas and training that I wouldn't necessarily get on my own.
Also check out the local YMCA or Community Centers. A lot of times, they'll have programs too.
I'm currently training for my first half marathon for this October and I've been using the Train Like a Mother (Finish It) Plan. I absolutely love it so far, especially it's flexibility. I have had to switch around the days of various workouts to fit my schedule, but the results are the same and I'm rocking 9 miles already! Believe me, for this 52 yr old middle of the pack runner....this is quite an accomplishment. Since I took up running 5 yrs ago, my main goal was to get fit and lose weight WITHOUT getting injured. I find this to be a a very workable, safe plan!
i did the hal higdon one at home by myself, and now i'm taking a running room clinic that follows the john stanton program. i love the john stanton book (called Running) because it has tonnes of info on training properly, and race training programs for lots of different paces
-- If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.
Thank you so much for linking me to the spark training page. Of course Sparkpeople has everything! I was actually planning on doing a 10k in October. I am going to let that be the decide if I should go through with the half marathon in Dec. I am a rookie and I don't want to be to aggressive with training as stated by another poster.
You have adequate time to go from not running at all to running a half marathon between now and December. I saw from one of your blogs that you are used to exercise, but I couldn't tell where you are at running. Assuming, you are a rookie, why not take a look at www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/training -p lans.asp and pick one of the 5K programs that is closest to what you can do now. If you start right away you will be finished by the end of July. Then you can work towards doing a 10K in mid-September. When you suceede at that, you will be ready to train for the December half marathon and you will probably have a good idea of the training plans available online.
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I will also be needing a new training schedule. Did my first half marathon, and I am a walker, in April of 2012. Want to do another November 2013, but can't really start training much until my son is back at school in early September. If I do sign up for the late November HM, then I need to finish in under 3 hours and last time, I think it 3 hours and 16 minutes. (Unless it was 12.) But I need to shave off about one minute per mile and that isn't easy for me to do as a walker. Not quite sure how to work on distance and speed to go faster. First time training was only working on the distance.
3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes 4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6 10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6 12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes 4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)
Finding the right training program just for you can be hard--some programs may be too aggressive, some too passive and some that do not allow enough recovery for you and your body. My suggestion is to look for a program that begins your training where you currently are, not where you want to be. For example--you do not want to pick a program that puts you at a sub 2 hour finish if you currently train at a 11:00 mile per hour pace. Building up to the half-marathon distance is not just about building the muscles, bones and connective tissue to run a race of this distance, but more importantly you are working on building the energy systems (fat vs. muscle utilization). Some people find merging several programs is what works for them.
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