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You are definitely ready! I started running in June of 2010 and ran my first half in May of 2011. I'm not sure where you live, but if there is a big marathon or half marathon in your city, there are bound to be runners groups that have training programs for a minimal fee. Last year I paid 75 for the program, discounts to the store during training, workshops on nutrition, stretching, etc., and weekly runs with a group. I loved it! This year I paid $125 but am getting a little more with the fee. Good luck! Keep us posted!
It definitely sounds you are ready - mentally and physically. Do you plan to train outside or inside?I like Hal Hidgon's plans for training outside. If you are going to training inside, I'd look into Jeff Galloway's plans.
Not worth having is easy!
I say it is definitely not too early to start training for an HM! I started running in May 2010 and ran my first HM this October. There are a lot of trainings that will start you from having never run before to a half marathon.
The best training method I found was Jeff Galloway's. I purchased his book "Half Marathon, You can do it". It has all kinds of tips and ideas and answers all of the questions you have posed below. His training is a run/walk/run method - however; you don't have to train using that method - all of the other information in the book is very worthwhile.
I run just for the HEALTH of it!
Congratulations on graduating. Now off to the real world.
I think you have been running long enough to run a HM. I've been running slightly less but I'm planning on one next year. The one I've already signed up for is in late summer but I might also do another one much earlier in early summer. It all depends on my vacation plans. I haven't looked into a training program yet but I plan on doing some research after the holidays.
So I posted this on the Spark message boards, but I thought this would be a great place for some feedback as well!
I've been running for about a year and a half. I generally run 6-8 miles per week, and the longest run I've ever done was an 8k last April. I'll be graduating from college next month, and with that I'll hopefully have more time for running and I'm thinking about doing a half marathon. I have a couple of questions though:
1. Is it too soon to consider half marathon training?
2. If not, does anyone have a training program they recommend?(Currently I'm looking at one from Fitness magazine, www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/runn
g/training-schedules/half-marathon-tR>raining-beginner/ , but I haven't committed yet)
3. Does anyone have any tips about cross-training/eating/strength training/etc for while I'm training for a half?
Couch to 5k: Completed 7.24.10
Zoo Run Run 5k, Madison 9.26.2010 - 36:41:00
Literacy Run 5k, Madison 10.3.2010 - 35:57:00
Turkey Day 2 Mile Run, Kenosha 11.25.2010 - 22:26
Jingle Bell 5k Run, Madison 12.11.2010 - 37:55
Crazylegs 8k Run, Madison 4.30.11 - 1:01:52
Turkey Day 2 Mile Run, Kenosha 11.24.11 - 25:01
Jingle Bell 5k Run, Madison 12.10.11 - 36:20