Just started a new 12 week half marathon training program and was wondering if anyone else did half marathons?
I want to do half marathon in October. Have 14 weeks to prepare.
I've done a few half marathons before. It's a nice distance to run.
The general advice is that if you are able to comfortably run 8 miles you should be able to finish a half marathon without any problems - I'd say in my experience that holds true. For me it's all about finding a running rhythm and then having the fitness to stick to that rhythm without speeding or slowing. Thankfully I've always been able to settle into a comfortable rhythm, and once I do I feel like I could run all day (though that attitude may not get you the fastest finish time!).
I have run and completed half marathons after no prep/training - so if you are fit it is possible - though I wouldn't recommend it as you are more likely to pick up injuries. When I have trained I haven't been super-professional - I just kept it simple - one/two 8 mile runs per week, every week, trying to get faster each week.
You can probably tell I was more of a recreational-runner than a serious club runner!
I am not ready for 13 miles yet. Training for my first 5k.
Hey Doug, so have you done it yet?