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Running Half Marathon

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:10 am UTC
by Sytri
So I got talked into running a half marathon, it's not until March so I've got time to train, but does anyone know of any good websites/ apps/ books that I can go through to help me get ready for it? I'm already reasdonably fit, I do run a little bit but will be doing more now obviously so, any help is appreciated!

thanks all :)

Re: Running Half Marathon

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:35 am UTC
by LE4dGOLEM
Couch to 5k is pretty great for getting you from 0 distance skills to being able to run a 5k with no big deal, and it'll be easier to find 5k-to-half-marathon (or 5k-to-10k and then 10k-to-half-marathon) programs than nothing to half marathon.

Re: Running Half Marathon

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:19 pm UTC
by Dr. Diaphanous
Run the full 13.1 miles some time before the race. If you live close enough for it to be possible, run the actual route of the race beforehand. I think it helps to familiarize yourself with the course, and you will get an accurate time as a goal to beat.

Based on your location, it is this one? http://www.readinghalfmarathon.com/

Re: Running Half Marathon

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:43 am UTC
by Sytri
Yeah, it's a bit too road-y to run safely in one go. I think it uses a main road that gets closed on the day of the run. I've found two running partners for it and one's taking me on a drive of the course and the other has run it the last 3 years and has offered to take me on some training runs. I've found some 12 week running courses so I'm going to follow them. I run ~30 minutes 2-3 times a week as it is so I just need to up the time.

Re: Running Half Marathon

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:41 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
I am also running a half-marathon this March. :) Hows your training going?

Re: Running Half Marathon

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:49 pm UTC
by Izawwlgood
You can do it! The rule of thumb I've heard for marathon running is to be up to running 20 miles at the pace you want 2 weeks before the race. So, I dunno, extrapolate around that.

Re: Running Half Marathon

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:53 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
That's the plan. I was stoked to discover that one COMPLETE lap around the lake my town is on is almost 20 miles on the nose.

Re: Running Half Marathon

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:18 pm UTC
by Sytri
Well, right now I'm hoping I can make it round. My training went all to pot with terrible weather and work keeping me late lots. I have 3 weeks till the race and the furthest I've run is 7 miles. But I felt I could go further after I finished my run and I'm keeping a steady pace whilst increasing my distances. I'm hopeful but I won't kick myself if I have to start walking at some point.

Went to buy new trainers because my old ones were giving me terrible blisters. Turns out because I over-pronate. A lot. So have support trainers and they are awesome! March 17th I run around Reading trying my very best to not think about how far I'm running and how far away the finish line is. :)

edit: I'm also planning on doing an autumn half-marathon and hopefully I'll train properly. I'm thinking of this one as a very steep learning curve.

edit the second: Just looked back on when I first wrote this. I was so full of enthusiasm and I can remember thinking about going out for runs. That sadly didnt happen because a week after my first post our landlord told us we had to move out. Luckily it meant me finding the cash to buy a house of our own but it was three months of running round like a headless chicken trying to get things to pull together. So happy I've got less stress even if it does mean I'm woefully behind in training.

Re: Running Half Marathon

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:26 pm UTC
by Mighty Jalapeno
You can do it! :)

Re: Running Half Marathon

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:59 am UTC
by Sytri
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:You can do it! :)



Thanks! It's on March 17th hopefully I'll be alive enough after it to come here and tell you how awful I feel :D