Committing to a half marathon

  • shoelessj

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    Nov 29, 2010 5:02 AM GMT
    I've decided that in this coming week, as a test of my fitness and motivation to keep working out, running, eating right, i will register for the Nashville Country Music half marathon in april, 2011.

    I've run a bunch of 5Ks, and this past week ran a 10K in Detroit (ran 3 miles, then did a walk, run, walk, run for the next 3 miles but generally felt pretty good). Last spring i injured a calf muscle by trying to do too much too soon -- going from just starting 5Ks to a 10K then a couple weeks later a 10-mile run (i had to stop at about mile 8 because the race folks stopped it because of the hot weather). But lately i've been running 2 or 3 miles at a stretch, slowly, twice a week.

    Anyone have any tips going forward or know of any simple to digest training programs for a first time half-marathoner?

    Thanks, guys.
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    Nov 29, 2010 5:15 AM GMT
    you're already doing good as you're now listening to your body and going gradually .

    and as you'll lose weight and you gain endurance, progress should be exciting.

    just increase distance/time little by little.

    as you train it's fun to check some of to see websites that give you an estimate of a 1/2 marathon time based on your current performance over a 5k or a 10k.
    It's an approximation but it's a fun motivator.

  • Ironman4U

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    Nov 29, 2010 2:35 PM GMT
    Congrats on your commitment to doing a half-marathon. It's great to set a goal like that and create a training schedule to break it down.

    I highly recommend checking out the half-marathon 12-week training program on

    You can pick your level of training - beginner, intermediate or advanced. It's great for giving you an easy to follow schedule. All you need to do is add the discipline to do it. Sounds like you're ready.

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    Nov 29, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    Congratulations!!! That's really cool. Ironman4U is right, that Hal Higdon training program is really easy to follow and is perfect for starting out with.

    As xassantex mentioned, keeping tabs on your pace is a good motivator. I like the one at Cool Running -

    I think the only other tip I might contribute is - have fun. Enjoy yourself. Don't push yourself; don't get discouraged when you have a bad run or have to miss a run. Stick with it and know that there's a bunch of runners here on RJ who are behind you 100%.
  • healthseeker

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    Nov 29, 2010 4:11 PM GMT
    Congratulations on your commitment!
    I am training for my first half also, which takes place in February. You are running longer distances than I am at this point.

    The training program I am running is 4 days/week with long runs on Saturdays. I partiall picked it for the actual scheduling of the runs.

    There are also base plans to get you up to speed for the actual half marathon training.

    Good luck!

    Edit: I just noticed that the actual running schedule I posted is the same as Hal Higdon's with the day of the week shifted one day earlier so the long run is on Saturday and not Sunday.
  • shoelessj

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    Nov 29, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    Thanks fellas! I appreciate the input and the links were really informative, just what I was looking for.

    It's going to be tough running in winter here in Chicago, but the idea of moving a step closer to my goal each time will keep me going. (Well, that and the treadmill on the worst days.)

    I'm going to use this topic to post my progress when I increase my mileage and time running and hopefully by the end of winter i'll feel good enough about myself to post new pictures.

    This is what I really love about RealJock.
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    Nov 29, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    Congrats! I have a friend running in Nashville as well for the half marathon..
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    Nov 29, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    Do it! I did my first half over the summer and did better than I expected. I'm going to do the Chicago Marathon in 2011!
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    Nov 29, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    The best advice I can give is this: avoid the temptation to overtrain.
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    Dec 09, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    I just ran my first half marathon in November. The best thing that I did when training was to join a running group. One of the local running clothing/shoe stores here in Indianapolis sponsors a group that gets together every Saturday morning to train. They also supply training programs to everyone. It was nice having other people to train with, and there were people who were preparing to walk a half marathon, all the way through elite marathon runners. It was great having people of all different levels, and everyone is pulling for everyone else to succeed.

    One thing I learned was that, if you get injured, make sure you take the time off to heal. Pushing through some injuries will just make things worse.

    I liked the half so much that I committed to running a full marathon in June 2011 in Minneapolis.
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    Dec 11, 2010 4:55 AM GMT
    I should just bite the bullet and train for a half marathon.