I'm on such a high from finishing my first 6 mile race in under an hour yesterday, that I'm seriously thinking about signing up for a half marathon in September.
I know this should give me plenty of time to train properly, but I wondered if anyone had found this a big step up, or is a realistic target? I only started running less than a year ago, so I don't want to attempt too much too soon.
Well done! Its a very realistic target to do a HM in September, the training plans are 12 weeks. I used a Womens Running mag one for my first half last year (started running in May last year, 1st HM in Sept) and adapted it for the one I did yesterday.
If you targeted a 10km race in late June, then that would put you in a great place for the mile ramp up for the HM, and give you lots of speedwork time in the interim.
Absolutely realistic! I know it sounds silly, but from 6-10 miles I didn't notice an awful lot of difference. Once you get into your rhythm then the miles just disappear. I did my first HM a few weeks ago and this time last year I was still on C25k. The last mile was tough but up until then it wasn't so bad. I think it's more psychological- 13 miles sounds like a really long way, but it doesn't feel like you're doing more than 6 miles twice. Even though you are
I hope so too MandMand, because that's what I'm planning on doing too I went a bit mad this morning and ended up doing 10 miles so I figure the jump from 10 to 13 shouldn't be too bad??? Good luck! Keep us posted
You'll be fine as I did the same two years ago and it wasn't that difficult to build up the distance.
Just one word of warning - don't increase the distance by more than 10% a week until you find out if you are an injury-prone runner. I was fine at 10k's but started to get niggles on longer, more regular runs (achilles, shins, etc). This has just happened to a friend of mine who is a newish runner going from 10k to Half marathon distance. She is now training on niggling injuries.
I would do what BikeRunSki does and mix it up a bit with distances as you have plenty of time until September. Some of the 12 week schedules are a bit steep injury-wise.
Just as an aside, I have a friend who has been running all distances for many years and is a coach. She reckons you should have a couple of years of running in your legs before doing marathons etc if you want to avoid injury, as it takes time to condition your body to a sport. Obviously some people are lucky though and have good running 'form' and can avoid injury.