Half marathon?

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    Oct 19, 2009 8:31 AM GMT
    A friend of mine has asked me if I fancied doing a half marathon around my city in febuary.. I've never done any form of jogging or running before, but I definatly feel it will be a worthwhile experience not only to get me into jogging and introducing it into my lifestyle, but to raise some money for a few charities i've lately grown fond of, has anyone got any tips on training towards this? or know any sites that could help?

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    Oct 19, 2009 10:03 AM GMT
    I just finished my first half marathon yesterday! I had been seriously training for only about 1.5 months, however I had started running about 10 months prior, but was very out of shape (lost 100lbs in the process). finished in 2:00:13 icon_smile.gif

    I think there are plenty of half marathon training schedules online that would help you meet your goal. One big thing is take small steps initially it takes a while to build up to running 3-5 miles non-stop but after you get to that point it is easier to add distance. Dont worry about developing speed as much as stamina, as you get more endurance speed will come focus on running long distances without stopping. Try finding a training partner that really helps. I have a guy that I run with on my 3-4 mile runs... he doesnt desire to do long runs but its nice to have him for the short runs.

    Good luck and have fun,

    Josh
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    Oct 19, 2009 1:21 PM GMT
    that's a short time to prepare given you never run.
    You should pair up with someone who has experience to train with and who will guide you to prevent injuries.
    It's very easy to get shin splints, knee pain, feet fascia problems from bad technique and doing too much too soon etc.

    It's a great project and i guess it's possible , you just need to be really careful and listen to your body a lot.
    First month should really baby step into it ... literally running and walking a few minutes alternately .
    There are various websites on technique , which isn't complicated but can make the whole difference .

    If you already engage in certain sports like soccer, baseball or any other where there's running involved you already have some foundation. Otherwise you have to build it.

    I always ran 5ks and 10ks , with some longer xcountry races but when i decided to do a 1/2 marathon( Ottawa ), i had to increase training distances but i only did so a few times . I found the race hard , trying to pace myself while still pushing enough ...and bonked at km 17 , managing a 1h35m while i had planned on 1h30m. .. served me right.
    That was 4 years ago and made me conclude i much much prefer 10ks and 5 ks..haha.



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    Oct 19, 2009 1:27 PM GMT
    Joshb12885 saidI just finished my first half marathon yesterday! I had been seriously training for only about 1.5 months, however I had started running about 10 months prior, but was very out of shape (lost 100lbs in the process). finished in 2:00:13 icon_smile.gif

    I think there are plenty of half marathon training schedules online that would help you meet your goal. One big thing is take small steps initially it takes a while to build up to running 3-5 miles non-stop but after you get to that point it is easier to add distance. Dont worry about developing speed as much as stamina, as you get more endurance speed will come focus on running long distances without stopping. Try finding a training partner that really helps. I have a guy that I run with on my 3-4 mile runs... he doesnt desire to do long runs but its nice to have him for the short runs.

    Good luck and have fun,

    Josh


    The weather was perfect yesterday! It was a lot of fun! Good job on finishing the marathon!!!!
  • Ironman4U

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    Oct 19, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
    Sounds like a great goal. I have run 7 marathons, as well as a number of half-marathons. I have my daughter training for her first half-marathon now; she, like you, has not run before.

    I highly recommend the Hal Higdon site (www.halhigdon.com) for getting a training schedule. You pick the distance (half-marathon) and the level. Go with one of the two novice levels. I believe there is a 12-week and an 18-week training schedule to choose from.

    There are lots of online sources of information but you also learn alot from experience. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask me. Good luck!
  • zakariahzol

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    Oct 19, 2009 3:06 PM GMT
    If I may say a word, probably you should do something shorter like 5k, 7k or 10k. Half marathon is really far for somebody that never do , running before. I once attempted it, but give up at 16k. This is considering I am a regular runner, (my favourite is a 10k). But I definitely will try again latter when I am more prepare for it.
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    Oct 19, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    to throw my 2 cents in, make sure you do not build up your mileage too soon...you can get shin splints - only real way to rid them is to stop running for about 2 weeks...
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    Oct 19, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    RJ has a great program : http://www.realjock.com/article/839/

    Got me a PR of 1:35
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    Oct 19, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    Back in the early eighties I was involved with a charity which helped hospital inpatients to a speedier recovery by playing their favorite tunes over the hospital "radio" (it was a cable service - we didn't actually broadcast using radio waves.) This charity was known as The League of Friends.
    Then when their funds ran low, I offered to rectify this by raising sponsored funds by running in our local half marathon.
    As part of training, a good mate of mine (who is straight, now married with two kids) beckoned me to go out training with him. He knew what to do, he ran full marathons.
    We started off with short distances, increasing with every session. When I reached a certain level, we did alternating sprint/jog over the entire course. This is known as Fartlet Training, which improves both speed and stamina. It was not long before we could crack off ten miles and more, and by Spring 1983, I completed the half marathon in less than two hours, and raised enough cash to stabilise the League of Friends bank balance.
    Afterwads I kept on training with my mate (I found this much easier than going out alone - perhaps that was because he depended on me to be there for him, was adequate motivation to step out into the cold outside). I ran half marathons in 1984 (two at different venues in that year) and in 1985. All runs were to raise further funds for the League of Friends, which by 1985, its finances was showing a profit. By Summer of 1985, I handed my reigns to my successor and left the charity to join a triathlon club, where running evolved to Swim-Cycle-Run, which I competed in for several years to come.
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    Oct 26, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
    You have over 3 months to train, so you have plenty of time to get in shape and finish with a descent time. It's really important that you get proper footwear. Go to your local running shop, they should be able to fit you with the best shoes for your stride. Start out slow; maybe the first week you try doing two miles and increase one mile every week until week 11. You want to make sure you greatly reduce your running 2 weeks before the race. If you can't run the entire time try jogging for 5 minutes, then walking for 5 minutes. This will help build up endurance. Try to run 3 times a week spread out making one of the runs during the week more mileage. If you can't run 3 times a week, try doing something to get your heart rate up (swimming, biking, elliptical). Remember you're doing this for charity and your overall goal should be to enjoy the experience and finish the run.
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    Oct 26, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    I'm training for a marathon in April. It'll be my first. I've run lots of 5Ks but never anything like this.

    I've been slowly building up my distance. Prior to this year I'd never run more than four miles. Now I'm running as much as 9 miles a day and have a schedule that will increase that to near marathon distances by April.

    There is a very good book I recommend called Marathoning for Mortals, linked below.

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    Oct 26, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
    I've run 8 marathons and over a dozen halfs.
    Build up your mileage slowly, cross train (cycling and swimming are great).

    Don't overdo the running, it's hard on the body.

    Research training methods, walk/run, ramping up on mileage, listen to your body and "cross train, cross train, cross train". your body will thank you and you will probably find more sports and activities you like!

    You can do it! Just be thoughtful about the process. Good luck! There is NOTHING like race day!
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    Oct 26, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
    At the end of summer my best friend talked me into doing a 1/4 marathon. LOL I said what the hell and did it. I finished third in my age classification and at the end of the race vowed I would never do that again! Oh, about an hour later I thought it really wasn't that bad. He's talking about next year already... I had never trained except for hitting the gym and aerobics on a regular basis. I guess that's what got me through it. Good luck man!!
  • flipkid7

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    Oct 26, 2009 11:34 PM GMT
    here's a good doc on hulu for those aspiring (half) marathon-ers

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/85354/spirit-of-the-marathon