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I [28F] am very short, very overweight, and have had a big toe amputation.

Some family members did a half last November and I decided I wanted to join them this November. The race is just under 16 weeks away.

About 6 or 7 weeks ago I started walking about 3 miles almost every day. I walked for a couple weeks and I'm now on week 4 of walking/jogging.

I've been doing a training plan that begins with walk/run intervals - running 2 minutes walking 1. When I started, I could jog for maybe 30-40 seconds. I'm up to two minutes now but it's difficult for me to do it every interval. Problem is the training program just moved up to 3 minute running intervals. 😭 This is embarassing but I did 4 miles today at a 19min/mile pace. 3 weeks ago I did the same 4 miles in a 21 min/mile pace. There's definitely been progress but I just feel like I have so much further to go. I can comfortably do one mile in 15-16 minutes now, but it wears me out and pace is slower the following miles (I am aware how slow that is, dont judge. I'm still running way faster than everyone on the couch.) It took everything I had to go a mile in less than 20 minutes last month. However, to complete the half marathon I need to do the first 10 miles in a 15 minute mile pace. I have no goals beyond that.

Do you guys think this is possible for me? Any tips from someone who started without a basic level of cardiovascular health? The program is 3 short runs, one long run, 2 strength and/or cross training days, and a rest day. Should I run more to compensate or will that be more risky than anything?

Sorry this is so long, any input is appreciated!

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I’m currently training for my first half in late September. Prior to this, I’ve been doing OrangeTheory workouts and I’ve done 10k and 5ks. I live in VA and yesterday it was absolutely miserably hot running my 11 miles training run..I had to stop a few times and I really just felt like a failure for not being able to run it straight. Is this normal? This is the longest distance I’ve gone so far.

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Half Marathon | Reddit by /u/ognatai - 3d ago

I am currently training for a half in October.
When I decided to run this half my normal running already included 7km three times a week. Therefore, I just decided to add a long run on Saturadys and take a rest day on Sunday. Two times a week I do cross fit as cross training.

When I looked into halfmarathon trainingplans I would have to decrese my milage by a lot to follow the plan, therefore, I decided to not follow a plan.

I increased my longruns over the last 6 weeks and am now at the halfmarathon distance every week.

A good friend of mine told me now that I should not run the halfmarathon distance before the actual race because no traingsplan recommends it.

Now my questions:

Should I decrease my milage, and stick to one of these plans?

Why shouldn't I run the 21km before the race?

Would it be OK to just continue my traingin as it is?

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Half Marathon | Reddit by /u/manderzbananerz - 4d ago

27F, first time half marathoner.

Running background: hit 5k for the first time ever in March if this year and am currently up to 5 14 miles as my longest distance to date.

I am 11 weeks out from my first ever half marathon. I'm currently doing 1 long run a week (with increasing distance every week starting from 5 miles). I've read through a lot of training plans and they suggest doing multiple maintenance runs throughout the week as well as working in cross training and rest days.

I currently workout at Orangetheory Fitness x3 a week and have been thinking about using the runs there as my maintenance runs as well as get the cross training aspect from the class. These maintenance runs that I would get from class would include runs of varying speeds/inclines for 2-2.5 miles.

Since I am doing this 3x a week, just wondering if this would be enough for maintenance runs? Many plans suggest anywhere from 2-4 miles 2-3 times a week.

What has worked for you? Especially in your first race?

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Hi everyone!

I am preparing for my first half marathon and am on an 18 week training schedule. I haven't ran in a couple of years mostly due to my left knee hurting and thighs getting really tight. After getting some sports massages on my legs for the past year I'm feeling a lot more loose in my legs and have taken up running again. My doctor had recommend that I wear a knee sleeve when I run to keep it in place however after trying it today (Nike Pro Combat Knee Sleeve) I felt like it slowed me down because I could not move my leg as freely and felt like it was going to cramp up my calf muscle. Has anyone experienced this? Do I just need to break it in or is there anything else that might work better? Thank you!!

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Hey Pals!

I'm doing my first half-marathon this coming September. From beginning to race day I'll have trained for 19 weeks.

The current training program I'm doing is the Audible half-marathon training from Aaptiv. It is a 12-week training program and has you taper for the last 2 weeks.

Since I'm planning on training for 19 weeks do I need to have an easy week, then continue to build my speed in mileage and taper off on weeks 18 and 19?

Or, should I just continue to build speed and mileage and taper my final two weeks?

Thanks!

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hi guys 19F. just found this sub because i just signed up for my first half marathon. its in early november, so i have a few months to keep up with my training. my main goal is to avoid shin injury while increasing my pace!! i used to run cross country in high school and have been following 5k training i did when i raced. is that ok?

i am also a newbie on eating while running..? I usually just wake up and drink some water then start my run. i ran 10 miles and felt thirsty, but i cant imagine myself eating before or during. should i train myself with eating so i dont get burnt out? would appreciate any help :)) thanks

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A number of years ago I started a project to run 25 half marathons in 25 states before I turned 50. I have made it past that milestone, and since this was really just an excuse to travel, I've been tacking on a few more states each year. While I don't need to hit all 50 states (I've already been to all 50, and there are some I don't need to go back to), I thought I would finish up by running half marathons in the 49th and 50th states.

Does anyone have any favorite races in those states? Generally speaking, I prefer races where the half is the longest distance, as I feel like sort of an underachiever when there are full-on marathoners running the same day. I also generally prefer road over trail, but I'm not a total stickler about that.

Thanks in advance for any advice, and if there are other subreddits where I should cross-post this query, please let me know.

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Two decently in shape people, late-20sF and late-30sM. He goes to the gym 4-5x a week, I practice yoga daily and do cardio (typically on the elliptical) 3-4x a week, and we also hike/bike/kayak a lot in our free time. Neither of us are runners.

I figure since we have almost an entire year to prepare we should be able to do it, but at the same time we have no expectations of being able to finish in any respectable amount of time. The thought of running 13 miles in 2-3 hours seems totally unattainable right now.

My first question would be...how long after the beginning of the race do they begin to pack up shop?

Also, what should we plan on for a training schedule, nutrition, etc? What was YOUR first half-marathon time?

Thank in advance!

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