There is nothing wrong with walking a half marathon! That is still a huge accomplishment and pretty common from the ones I have run. I would definitely make a training schedule to allow for 10-12 weeks to get up to that distance. My friend did the Avon walk in Charlotte last year and they provided weekly schedules to increase your distance and/or speed if you so choose at a good rate that will hopefully alleviate injury or overworking your body's abilities. I would look into training just like a runner would train, it is still the same distance. Start with 3-4 miles maybe 2 days a week and save long walks for Saturdays and Sundays. If you have a good walking base, you could start with 7 miles and increase slowly from there. Don't do too much too quickly or it can lead to a lot of soreness and those fun problems to not let you walk for a while comfortably. Good luck!
Walking a half marathon sounds like an awesome idea! Good luck!!!
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3/11/14 11:25 P
It shouldn't be as hard walking as running. When you run you need some fuel and you don't want to experiment with new food on race day. It still wouldn't hurt to contact race people to see what they are providing. To make it easily on yourself don't stay in the rest stop for a very long time, just remember the clock is ticking.
Good luck on your journey.
BTW If you can do 3/4 of the distance in training you should be ok for race day.
I have walked a on my own a couple of years ago the day before Mother's Day. It was one of my personal challenges at that time. How I prepared myself was by mapping out my route many times before I start training for it. I didn't even have anybody walking with me it was all solo. I walked my route 3 times a week and extended my miles on the weekends. My route consist of many hills in which was very challenging for weeks. I even had people cheering me on as I was training, because they seen me out walking all the time. However, the day that I decided it was time and mentally I felt ready to take on the task; I set out before the sunrise. I had my fuel belt, Id and other to get me thorough. As the sun began to get hotter it made my last mile hard, but I did finish it in 4hrs and 15 minutes. My goal was 3hrs and 45 minutes. I plan to do a later this year. Best of luck to you on your marathon.
I've never done it as a race/event, but as a regular hiker/backpacker, I try to always get 13 miles a day even over rough terrain.
In terms of a training plan, try to walk at least 3 times per week, with one of those being a longer walk, presumably on a weekend. With your longer walk, try to increase your distance by 1 mile per week - this should have you at 13 miles by June. I'd also add one more shorter but higher intensity workout per week to build your fitness - this might be using the treadmill with a 10-15% incline, climbing stairs, or cross-training with a different type of exercise completely.
Comfortable shoes are a must. But break them in first - you don't want to be trying new shoes for the first time while doing a half.
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3/7/14 3:02 P
ARCHIMEDESII, thank you so very much for that link! That's exactly what I need :) I'm currently walking 3.5 - 4 miles five times a week. I have a long ways to 13.1 miles, but with three months and that link, I think I can do it! I hope I can anyhow lol
Catherine, thanks for the support! You're right, it'll be a lot of fun! :)
Mlan, because this half marathon is meant for walking, there is a 5 hour limit. I think that should be plenty of time… it comes out to 22 mins/mile and I'm currently averaging 14 mins/mile.
I have run several half marathons and am not fast. I have seen people who walk them; sometimes as courses double back, you see the race walkers. So, it can be done. When you are ready, make sure you check course time limits. The halfs I run generally have time limits of 3 to 3 1/2 hours and usually give you the mile split limits. I think 3 1/2 is around a 16 minute split.
3/7/14 12:42 P
Hey Ali -
I don't really have any advice for walking a half marathon - just wanted to say it's a great idea and I'm sure it will be a lot of fun! I would for sure check out the link posted by Archimedesii.
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3/7/14 11:35 A
Walking a half marathon is a great idea ! In May, I'll be doing the Walk for Hunger. That's a 20 mile charity walk around Boston. People of all ages and fitness levels do the walk. It's a lot of fun because there is no stress to come in at a certain time. I've done it a few times.
I walk everywhere, but even 20 miles is a lot for me in one day. I'm beat by the end of the walk and usually take the next day off to recover.
What to do ? start with a daily brisk walk. How far do you walk currently ? You are in luck. There IS a website that has a training plan for people who want to walk a half marathon.
Mostly ? Have FUN !! No stress. No pressure to perform. Just enjoy the moment ! When you're surrounded by all those other walkers or runners, you just soak up all the energy.
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3/7/14 10:29 A
There is a Biggest Loser Run/Walk Half Marathon taking place this June and I'm thinking of joining the walk portion. I know, it's not as cool or challenging as running a half marathon, but for medical reasons I'm not supposed to run anymore and walking 13+ miles is still a big challenge to me. Has anyone ever walked a half marathon? If so, any suggestions? How did you train for it? What do you wish you would have done before hand to prepare better prepare yourself? What about during the race?