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1/19/11 6:52 P

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I'm in a similar situation. I used to run some a few years back but now am basically starting from scratch. Up until about 2 weeks ago, I hadn't done any real running in years. I do lots of walking all the time, though.

I've read that I should be in good enough shape to run for 30 minutes without stopping and that I should have been running for about 4 weeks before starting a real half-marathon training plan. I've read similar variations of this in multiple places. I know we're all rookies on some level, but what do you guys think about this?

I really don't want to push myself too hard too soon. I've done a 30-minute run already and didn't have any trouble. Should I start increasing my time/distance or stick with the 30 for a bit longer?

Thanks so much!
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12/17/10 10:17 A

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12/17/10 8:33 A

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Stela,

There are a lot of great training programs out there, so choose one that fits most with your training schedule. Remember consistency in running is what will get you to the starting line.

I wish you well with your training!

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12/16/10 6:43 P

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Hi, and thanks for the quick reply. I would love to run the full length of the race but am not opposed to do a few recovery walks here and there. Coach Nancy, I've been running off and on for about 3 years now. I can comfortable do about 4 miles now, so am looking on slowly building on that. I have 19 weeks to train before the race, so I'm looking to add about 1/2 mile per week, but would love a plan that's laid out for me. I'm doing this event with Team in Training, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and they have coaches to guide me along the way, but with 3 small children at home, I'll have to do most of the training on my own.

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12/16/10 5:41 P

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Stela,

How long have you been running?

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12/16/10 5:25 P

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There are so many good plans - just pick up a book and you will find one. The trick is finding one that fits you. How many days a week are you planning to run, Are you thinking of using a run/walk strategy (Galloway), etc.


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12/16/10 4:52 P

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Hello fellow runners. I just registered to run my first half marathon in May 2011 with Team in Training. I'm a beginner and would love to hear advice on good running plans / books to get me prepared for this race. It is a little under 6 months away.

Thanks,

Stela

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