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Old 03-12-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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I would like to complete a half-marathon this summer, and would like some advice on where to start. I currently could walk 5 or 6 miles without difficulty and maybe run 1.

How long should it take me to be prepared to run and walk a marathon? Is one a more realistic goal than the other? How should I start training?
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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I went from being a non-runner to doing the Disney half marathon in about six months. I did the couch to 5k program first... Then transitioned over to Jeff Galloway's run/walk program. I loved it, and it was easy to follow.

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I did my first half marathon in 2007, after only running for about a year. I did not follow any sort of program, but I did run about 5 miles every other day or so. I did several 5 Ks before the marathon, and then started doing longer and longer runs.
Good luck to you! You'll probably be sore at first, but that usually goes away completely after about two weeks.
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I used Hal Higdon's 1/2 marathon training program which is 12 weeks. It assumes you can run 3 miles so you will probably need a few extra weeks to get there. Good luck.
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I went from being a non-runner to doing the Disney half marathon in about six months. I did the couch to 5k program first... Then transitioned over to Jeff Galloway's run/walk program. I loved it, and it was easy to follow.

Good luck!
This. Jeff Galloway is a good resource.
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I would agree with Jeff Galloway, I would also suggest trying a few 5k and/or 10ks before you do a half marathon. They would give you a great foundation for the half marathon and give you an idea of what to expect when you do the half marathon.
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Thank you. I will look into all these resources. I think I saw Jeff Galloway on some special running through WDW.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:24 PM   #8
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First, I will encourage you to go over to the WISH forum. You will find lots of help over there. I just completed my first half marathon (the Disney Princess last month)!!!
I have done numerous 5Ks, a couple 10Ks and 2 sprint Triathlons then I was sidelined with a knee injury. After 4 months of physical therapy I started training from scratch (well, I was doing cross training & strength training to build up leg muscles). Using John Bingham's training plan from "Running for Mortals" I began walk/run training for a 5k. From there I moved into walk/run for a 10K. After that I launched into run/walk for the Half from his book "Marathoning for Mortals".
I love his common sense approach to racing without injuring yourself.
In all I trained for 8 months. I was extremely well prepared and had a fantastic race!
Good luck and enjoy the journey. And to quote John "the miracle wasn't that I finished, the miracle was I had the courage to start"!
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