Can I run a half marathon on 2 weeks' training?

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22/01/2015 at 00:59
Similar here. I stopped running since November. Just joined gym last week and start to run again. I've register in a half-marathon in South Devon on Feb 7th. A 2-week training plan from anyone? It would be mine first half-marathon. Any suggestions?
22/01/2015 at 07:34
Hi Jennifer, you say you were running until November. What sort of fitness did you have in November, what sort of distances were you running and, although you haven't run for a couple of months, have you been doing any sort of exercise to keep your fitness up?

I would say that a HM on 2 weeks training is a big ask unless you have a base fitness level.
22/01/2015 at 08:02

Duh!

Rule one of forum (well maybe not)

Check the date of the thread. This one finished in 2007. 

22/01/2015 at 19:29
Hi Rob,

Thanks for your reply. I was running casually, 3-4 times a week, 5-10miles per week. The longest distance I've done is 10k. After November I rarely do any exercise as I just started my first job after graduation. I signed up for a gym near my work place and joined a few classes eg. Nike training club or Spinning. Then I ran twice last week on treadmill, 5k each time
22/01/2015 at 21:31
As Ric says, this is quite an old thread so it may be better to start a new thread specifically to discuss your question.

I'm not an expert but I have run three half marathons and each time I have followed a twelve week plan from a book called "how to run" by Paula Radcliffe, the plan I followed for my first one gradually worked up to a fourteen mile run and it was a great feeling taking part knowing that I had done the distance before and that I could finish it.

Personally I don't think that it would be possible to train for a half marathon in two weeks having never run further than 10k if you wanted to run the entire course, although if you are not too bothered about finishing in a specific time you could employ a run/walk strategy.

I would advise starting a new thread on this subject and hopefully you will get some constructive advice.
Edited: 22/01/2015 at 21:33
23/01/2015 at 12:03

Question for me would be Why?

If the longest you have run is 10k and have not run seriously since November you will at best have a miserable 2 weeks and a miserable race.

My suggestion would be to find a 10k race for the same weekend and a HM 12-15 weeks from now. Will cost more but it will be more enjoyable and will do yourself justice.


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