It really depends on what time you want to do the half marathon in.
If you are not to bothered about the time and just happy to get round, then 2 or 3 runs a week is ok, gradually increasing the distance. If on the other hand you are looking for a quick time, then a more detailed plan is needed.
In football training you do a lot of intervals, short sharp training. That is certainly useful, but running a half marathon is a bit different and you need to have a different mentality.
If you are prepared for that, that's good.
Thanks, yes it's more of a case of just getting round and not embarrassing myself as it stands but depending on how the training goes you never know! Do you think it would be worth throwing in a 10K April time to give me an earlier target to hit as well ??
It sounds like you are pretty keen to get running races which is good, but a word of caution. If you taking up running seriously, and I am not trying to patronise you, build up slowly to prevent injury and make sure you have the right shoes for you.
My advice would be to train just for the half marathon so you can increase distance week on week, rather than training for two different types of races. However I don't want to dampen your spirits, so if you are doing well and have remained injury free, then go for it. But think of it more as a training run for the hhalf marathon rather than a 10k race.
I think if you do 2 or 3 runs a week, that will be just fine, given the fact you do football training too. I would suggest doing a bit of strength training too, to help with injury prevention.
Yes the 10k is nothing more than a training run more so for the mental side than the physical. Just want to get a feel for it.
Brian, i think some of the advice in this thread is a bit doom laden and overly serious.
You do two 90min sessions a week already, i'm guessing your young, and i'm guessing your not over weight.
If these assumptions are true, i'd bet you could complete a half marathon without any training.
But since you want to train, you could do your self justice by just adding just one run a week, gradually increasing to ~10 miles. Obviously the more runs a week you do the easier and faster the half will be. If you want to run it serious buy a book, if you just want to get round and not come last, go out and do a few miles on top of the football and enjoy yourself.
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