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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,452
11/19/13 5:57 P

Yes, if you start talking 6 months to train, rather than just 4, then a half marathon does become more realistic.

But you do need to start your journey now, and continue with a solid commitment to training throughout.


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11/19/13 10:52 A

Thank you everyone for the replies.

You are probably right and I will try to run the half in May. Would that be an okay goal?

I'll have to go back to my fiance's hometown to do it- but we can still do it.

Thanks! :D

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
11/19/13 9:43 A

In no way do we want to discourage you from your goals. But an adjustment in your goals might be in your best interest. Remember goals should be measurable and attainable...the last thing you want to do is give up and get discouraged.

Running is a great form of cardio that has helped me lose weight. So take a look on or for events in your area and pick out some attainable goals and go to work!

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,452
11/18/13 7:21 P

The impact of running is hard on the body, and it takes time for the leg muscles and tendons to adapt to deal with the impact. The time it takes for your body to adapt to the impact is typically much longer than it takes to increase your cardio fitness. And unfortunately there isn't really any way around this time issue.

I'd definitely recommend a Couch to 5K plan as the best way to get into running. These programs work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking.

Coolrunning has C25K plans, as well as 10K and half plans.

In terms of timeframes, C25K takes about 8 weeks, and most experts recommend adding no more than 10% a week to your distance, which implies about 8 weeks to double your distance. Progressing faster than this puts you at risk of injury, as your body just can't adapt that fast to the new demands you are making of it:

So, in terms of time frames:
Couch to 5K 8 weeks
5K to 10K 8 weeks
10K to half 8 weeks

I agree with the consensus on this thread that running a half marathon is not a safe or sensible goal for mid March.

But I don't mean to sound negative or discouraging. I see at least 3 options that are realistic goals for you:

1. Sign up for a 10K in mid-March
2. Relax your timeframe and aim for a half in May (although this may run into conflict with increasing time demand for wedding prep)
3. Find a half in March that has pretty generous time cut-offs, that would allow you to run/walk it.

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11/18/13 5:21 P

I agree with the previous poster. You have four months to go from a zero running base to running a half marathon. I would try to find a shorter distance race and then find a half for the fall. A 10K race would be very doable in mid March.

Training for a half is big commitment and requires a stong fitness base. I've done so many half marathons where I've seen people struggle in the first three miles and I've always wondered if they actually finished. You want your first half to be a positive experience.

I ran my first half marathon 9 months after completing my first 5K. I took my time and slowly built up my endurance. By doing this my first half was an enjoyable experience and when I crossed the finish line I couldn't wait to do another one.

If you have your heart set on doing a half in March then I would consider a run/walk program. There are several beginner programs that are available online. Fortunately these days half marathons have pretty generous cutoff times. Just remember you ned to respect the distance. 13.1 miles is nothing to take lightly. Try driving that in your car and you'll see what I mean.

I would seriously consider a shorter race. How about a St. Patrick's Day race? Where I live we have a ton of them of all distances and they are so much fun. I live in the north and people here use a St. Partick's day race as sort of the first race of the year.

This is just my personal opinion. I've been running for over 4 years and just completed my 10th full marathon. I've seen so many people jump into a half (and even full) marathon with not much of a fitness base only to get injured and quite halfway through.

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11/18/13 5:18 P

I agree with Zorbs that you might want to find a shorter race. Most half-marathon training programs are around four months long, and that's assuming that you can can run at least 3 or 5 miles at the beginning. Also, it's hard to lose weight when training for a race of that distance, because you are hungry a lot! :) A 10k would be a great goal, though.

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11/18/13 5:11 P

I've had this app for almost two years now, I kept restarting after long breaks. Over the summer I finished the program (woo-hoo!!) and completed a Duathlon in October. This is where your run 2.7 miles, bike 4 uphill (an 850 ft mountain climb I wasn't aware until day of) and then get off and run another 2.7 miles. I was completely unprepared for the biking part, I thought riding 30 miles+ around very hilly Seattle would be training enough, but when everyone was unloading their serious mountain bikes and discussing the Iron Man competitions they were training for, I realized I may have over estimated the race.

Either way, I finished! And on top of that was not the last person to do so (although very close). It felt great to accomplish something completely out of my comfort zone and I know I couldn't have gotten to that point without using Couch 2 5K as a jumping point.

I have now taken off a full month from running and biking--well I've gone on one or two runs, but not nearly enough. It's time to start the next goal: a 10k. I know I can do this, but since I have taken some time off, I will probably start the C25K training again somewhere in the middle.

Good luck to you and even if you feel that you need to repeat a run, just keep moving forward!

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11/18/13 4:51 P

why not see if you can find a shorter race, 5 or 10K around that time and set a longer term goal to run a half in fall 2014?

You probably could do a half next March, but without running experience, you put yourself at higher risk for injury and have a poor experience.

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11/18/13 4:30 P

Hey Guys,

I'm getting married in July and my fiance and I are having little luck in losing weight. We haven't been exercising- we always make excuses. So we thought of having a non-weight loss goal that would contribute to weightloss may motivate us, especially if it is something we have to do with deadline and all. So we are thinking of running a half marathon in Mid-March.

Given that I haven't ran in 2 years really and even then, not very far- how do I go about prepping for this? Any recommended plans?
I've been researching online and it seems even the beginner plans for couch to 1/2 marathon have some exp (such as a 5 k.)

Any advice? I want this to be something I can work on with my fiance. He can already do a 5 k without issue.

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