Can I run a half-marathon by Sept 8?
June 4, 2013 5:54 PM Subscribe
I'm considering registering for a half-marathon on Sept 8 and wondering how realistic/hard a goal it is. I'm young and in good health but haven't run more than 3 miles before. I'm also looking for recommendations for a training plan.
posted by matildatakesovertheworld to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my mid-20s and generally healthy and slim, but haven't been super active lately. Over the past 5 months I've been averaging 1 yoga class/week and either a 30 min elliptical workout or a 3 mi run each week. But if I'm being honest there have definitely been weeks where one or the other hasn't happened. When I ran today my pace averaged just under 10 min/mi (and didn't go above 10:20 except when I stopped for water etc). Some things I'm wondering:
-There are just over 13 weeks left. Is this enough time to safely train for a half-marathon? I don't want to risk injury or anything like that.
-I'm going to be gone the 3rd week of June and the first 2.5 weeks of July. I can maybe work once or twice when I'm gone in June, but July will be tough. How much harder will this make things?
-Any recommendations for training plans or other things I should know? I was hoping this would be doable with 2 short runs and 1 long run a week. Is that realistic?