Hello all, im 24 and i have signed myself up for a half marathon for the 26th October although at the moment although i can only run for only 7 minutes before i have to walk again, im also a couple of stone overweight but am working on it!
Is it possible that i can do this 13.1 mile run? has/is anybody been in the same position? and can you give me any tips.
All help is appreciated thankyou
It maybe a tad ambitious, but if you knuckle down and train to a decent schedule, then you should be ok.
As for tips, properly fitted running shoes are a must, rest days are very important, don't over train, listen to your body, and enjoy it.
Might be an idea to chuck in a 5k and 10k race prior to the HM aswell
hoping you are well
try and remember - we were ALL of us once in this position
you need to build up your walking and running very gradually and regularly
it'll take time - but you can do it- you need to watch what your eating, and make sure your WELL hy-drated before you venture out - The correct footwear is VITAL - as maybe be vaseline etc for certain parts
October is a long way away yet, you can be fitter by then than you think if you gently knuckle down to it all - and don't forget we'll all be with you - you won't be alone
you've got all sorts of help on RW - humour, fun, general chat, serious running talk and help - it's all here
just try and be positive and keep relaxed and ENJOY what ever you do - a CLUB as some one said is a great idea - and you'll have a trial period, there's nothing to lose - all to gain
I second Danowat.
Stick to a schedule. Part of your training try to complete the distance or (even 10 miles) even if you have to walk it before the race.
When there is a will, there is a way..hang in there
biggest tip I can give you is to go slow. dont' even think about speed at this time and go for time on your feet and don't try too much too soon. You will find on the day that lots of people will be run/walking their way around the course so don't set yourself a huge target for times or running teh whole thing, but train to complete the race.
make sure you are training at a pace where you can hold a conversation reasonably easily.
Yes you can do it!!
Echo what GingerLoon said - go really slow, then slow down a bit. Time on your feet is what's important.
You will naturally go a bit faster on the day, but be careful not to get 'pulled' along too quickly. With all the excitement and other runners it's easy to get carried away.
Keep at it & enjoy
Hi Sarah.Personally speaking,I think that a Half-Marathon from scratch in just over 3 months is rather over ambitious.
If there are any 5K Race For Life events near you,I would try & enter one of those firstly & then possibly a 10K.
As other people have advised,build up your distances slowly but surely.Dont overdo it,especially if you are carrying a bit of extra bulk around.
I would also look at employing a Personal Trainer,if you can afford it.
Hi there, yes, I have a proper training prgramme and and really just trying to focus on week to week.
I'm doing a Race for Life 5k on the 20th July and hopefully a 10k beginning September, so have little staging posts to focus on rather than that October date looming big and scarily large in the diary!
Sarah, I'm sure we can both achieve it by being sensible and being dedicated to a proper programme. Good luck! Keep me updated how you are doing.
You may struggle to run the whole GNR, but that could happen even if you've had plenty of training, just go for it and don't beat yourself up about a time or running all the way.
I would say ENJOY, at this stage of your running career it's the taking part, and get yourself a PB to aim for next time.
I too am running the GNR in October. My first HM and I am just forcusing on finishing. I have done a 5k and a 10k this year, and I'm hoping to do another 10k before the end of August . I'M a slow /stop runner.
So you see there are plently of us all feeling the same.
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