Beginner to Half Marathon?!

Step too far?

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17/04/2014 at 17:58

Hi Guys,

Looking for some advice please 


Bit of an overview of me:
20 Years Old
Suffer from Fibromyalgia (had it for 5 years so I'm extremely unfit)
Have signed up for the Brighton Half Marathon in Feb 2015 

I recently did the C25K programme on a treadmill and did the 3 Mile Sport Relief race at the end of march. I was told on the c25k programme to slow down if I couldn't keep up, but unfortunately I ended up 'running' at 4.5mph in order to complete the 20 Minute running segments.

Anyway, I ran/walked the 3 Mile race in 36 minutes and have started running again on a treadmill at 5mph but I can barely run 1 mile! I have signed up for the Brighton Marathon in 2015 so have over 300 days to get ready! The only downside is that I have Fibromyalgia which means I have to take it slow and steady. 

I think a run/walk plan would be best, but does anyone have a training plan for it?  The ones that I have seen are for shorter periods of time (about 12 weeks) but I think jumping from 1 mile to 2 miles in the second week is a bit out of my capabilities 


Thanks in advance!
Elise

17/04/2014 at 18:55

you have loads of time, just start building up very slowly now. 

I have recently started using Jeff Galloway's training programmes and have just finished my first full marathon. Basically the running sections are very short - I did the marathon running 20 seconds at a time, with walks of 30 secs 

here is a link to his website: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/half-marathon-training/

3 miles in 36 minutes is great for a beginner!! Well done

17/04/2014 at 19:59
mathschick wrote (see)

you have loads of time, just start building up very slowly now. 

I have recently started using Jeff Galloway's training programmes and have just finished my first full marathon. Basically the running sections are very short - I did the marathon running 20 seconds at a time, with walks of 30 secs 

here is a link to his website: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/half-marathon-training/

3 miles in 36 minutes is great for a beginner!! Well done

 

Thank you 

Yes Jeff's programme looks good! I get a bit confused with the 'MM's though? 

Really excited about it already haha!

17/04/2014 at 20:42

Don't get hung up on speed, you can always build your own time-based plan around whatever feels  comfortable for you, for instance run 5 minutes, walk 1 or any combination that works.

You have plenty of time to build up - good luck! 

18/04/2014 at 20:09
Screamapillar wrote (see)

Don't get hung up on speed, you can always build your own time-based plan around whatever feels  comfortable for you, for instance run 5 minutes, walk 1 or any combination that works.

You have plenty of time to build up - good luck! 

Thank you

 

Did my first run today on the Treadmill. Did 30 mins of Run 3 mins, Walk 1 min, and my lungs were BURNING by the last few sets! Do you think R3 W1 is too ambitious for a beginner? Was going slow (5mph for runs and 3.5mph walks)


Also, was looking at the Garmin Forerunner 210 as it's on offer in SweatShop. Is it worth me getting a GPS/Heart rate monitor at this 'early stage'?

18/04/2014 at 20:17

Re HRM / GPS if you want one at snypoint the this seems a decent price

Also if it's hard then no harm in increasing the walk sections at this stage, you have a decent amount of time, so no need to rush. 

18/04/2014 at 20:52
booktrunk wrote (see)

Re HRM / GPS if you want one at snypoint the this seems a decent price

Also if it's hard then no harm in increasing the walk sections at this stage, you have a decent amount of time, so no need to rush. 

 

Thank you

Also, was going to follow the Jeff Galloway programme (http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/half-marathon-training/) but I've just realised that the 2 x Weekday runs are only 30 mins each?! Was expecting the time to gradually increase as well as the Distance runs on the Sunday.
Does this seem like enough training? I'd be happy to increase the time every week or so?

Thanks for the great advice so far! 

18/04/2014 at 21:48

It's very much a get around plan

if you want once you have built up a base then yes, maybe look at increasing one if the midweek runs, solely up to an hour or so, then consider increasing the other a bit or maybe trying to push slightly faster in the short one.

Plans aren't fixed in stone so by all means adapt for what works for you.

also cross training if possible so work to strengthen your core will do you no harm at all and makes running a bit easier especially when you are tired. 

 

19/04/2014 at 15:17

You have loads of time.  As above but another option would be follow a 12 week plan but do each week twice, but increase say the long run by 1/2 a mile rather then a full mile so your weekly increase is shorter.

Good luck!! You have picked a good half marathon, not run it but have heard loads of good reviews and if the support and atmosphere is anything like the marathon, you'll find this a mager help with energy and spirit if you feel like you are getting tired.

19/04/2014 at 20:55

Thanks, that's a great idea about doing a plan over 24 weeks rather than just 12.

Still unsure what training plan to use. I have a feeling that running for 13.1 miles is out of the question  It took me about 3 months to get up to 15 minutes running at 4.5 Miles per hour. The Jeff Galloway method would mean that I don't get disheartened about my running, but I kind of feel that it's cheating a bit... (no offence to anyone who has done it, but I'm very hard on myself).

If I do the Galloway program, would it build up my fitness enough to run say 2 miles in one go, or is it only very good for 'getting the distance done' rather than endurance?

19/04/2014 at 21:18

I recently did the Derby 10K, having never done a 10K before. I ran as much of it as I could (well jogged it) and walked the rest at a reasonable pace, keeping up with some folks who were jogging. I've got the Notts half marathon to to do later this year and whilst I'm hoping to be able to do longer distances by then I do intend to take the same approach, of not worrying about walking when its necessary.

20/04/2014 at 12:32

I don't think taking walk breaks is cheating if it allows you to cover a certain distance and build up your fitness. You can follow a walk/run programme and still do your shorter runs as continuous runs/build the up to be continuous runs. 

20/04/2014 at 19:10
mathschick wrote (see)

I don't think taking walk breaks is cheating if it allows you to cover a certain distance and build up your fitness. You can follow a walk/run programme and still do your shorter runs as continuous runs/build the up to be continuous runs. 

Thank you  Think I'm going to do the JG method!

What was your marathon time? Congrats on the achievement 

20/04/2014 at 19:19

6:00:53 I am slow but I finished and felt good. More importantly I could walk up and down stairs the next day no problem I think it is the walk breaks that do that 

21/04/2014 at 20:01

It seems muscle memory takes a part too. The last 10k I did my legs and feet ached immediately after, my second I did today hardly aches at all so I guess building up to a distance or doing it before certainly pays.

 

21/04/2014 at 20:18
mathschick wrote (see)

6:00:53 I am slow but I finished and felt good. More importantly I could walk up and down stairs the next day no problem I think it is the walk breaks that do that 

Wow that's great! You are still in the 1% of people that have run a Marathon  Hopefully I'll join you one day 

 

Andrew Morley wrote (see)

It seems muscle memory takes a part too. The last 10k I did my legs and feet ached immediately after, my second I did today hardly aches at all so I guess building up to a distance or doing it before certainly pays.

 

That's encouraging to know  Hope the aches stay away for you!

 

Was meant to Run/Walk today, but I have a terrible cold and sore throat. So frustrating when I just want to get out there!

21/04/2014 at 20:23

Walk breaks aren't cheating, they are an accepted strategy. Some people have run very fast marathons using this method.

Anything that's' helping to extend your training sessions is helping to build up your endurance. Exactly what you need to run a half marathon.

22/04/2014 at 08:56

Hi Elise,

seems they are, which I', encouraged about as it was definately hilly yesterday  I would love to know what a flat time would have been for the same distance. 

22/04/2014 at 15:14

Elise - I have a rubbish headache/sore throat lurgy too, very frustrating but it is essential to rest and get over it before getting back to running

22/04/2014 at 16:05

Yep resting is a much a part of training as pounding the roads. without rest your prone to injury and missing and event.

Rest and recover to run better when your well

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