How fast can I get with two years of training?

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24/07/2013 at 23:07

Hi everyone,

I have been running for a little while now, just increasing my mileage now to cope with 10k races etc, and to prepare for the Great South Run.

But there's a half marathon in two years' time that I would like to get into, but I need to reach a qualification time, which I'm guessing will be about 1.40 ish.

I am overweight by about 10kg at the moment but I was thinking, if I go on a serious diet and start building up the mileage, could I acheive that?

Any hints and tips would be great!

24/07/2013 at 23:10
Which half marathon are you thinking of?

What's your 10k time?
24/07/2013 at 23:22

I would think sub 1.40 is achievable for any average runner with two years to train.

I've been running (this time) for two years and can do sub 1.40; and I'm average (and middle-aged).

24/07/2013 at 23:25

Are you a bloke though, Easy Does It? That would help.

24/07/2013 at 23:57

what hm is it? I have never seen one with a qualifying time before? Normally commercial reality dictates and the average joe I would guess is around 2hrs. Limititing your field to those with a pre attained time of 1hr 40 means about only 10-20% of a normal field can take part.

Obviously before that race you have to pencil in  other halfs to attain the qualifying time and to maximise your HM time takes a few attempts to learn and trust your pace.

Edited: 24/07/2013 at 23:59
25/07/2013 at 00:05
literatin wrote (see)

Are you a bloke though, Easy Does It? That would help.

Yeh, sorry, I am.  I'll shut it.  Apologies.

25/07/2013 at 00:06

Easy does it, that is indeed a very generalised first line you write.

You don't seem to give any consideration to age, gender, injury limiting factors, how much they'd need to train in those 2 years or anything.

It's like me saying I did a 1hr 34 half  as my 2nd half so anyone should be able to do that.

Not quite that easy.

25/07/2013 at 07:47
Give us some info on current training and race times and we can advise. But I'm intrigued by the event; I've don't know of any HM races with a qualification time.
25/07/2013 at 08:17

tbh, the OPs question is one of those 'how long is a piece of string ' questions...  doesn't matter how many books you read, how much weight you lose , what colour trainers you wear, the end result is dependant on the runners mindset, desire to train , physical ability.

25/07/2013 at 09:22
Stevie G . wrote (see)

 how much they'd need to train in those 2 years or anything.

It's like me saying I did a 1hr 34 half  as my 2nd half so anyone should be able to do that.

Not quite that easy.

Yeah, Stevie had to train really hard for years to get that. 

In response to the OP, though, it's hard to say if it possible or not though losing the 10kg will probably help. Plenty of people could do it in two years, but plenty of others might train consistently and still not manage sub 1:40 but will nonetheless achieve some pretty decent improvements along the way. If you're doing other races as well, presumably you're enjoying it, so there's no harm having an ambitious long-term goal but, like DT19 says, have some intermim goals along the way (and perhaps some shorter races).

25/07/2013 at 09:30

It's one for the natwest island games. I live on the Isle of Wight and every two years we take part in this Olympics-style competition for small islands. We just got back from bermuda actually (I was the IW media representative.) I'm gonna need to be fast to win a place with existing runner already probably eligible for a spot. 

Having been around the team I just badly want to be a part of it. I guess I'm just going to have to give it my best shot. And if i don't make it at least ill be super fit!!

25/07/2013 at 09:33

Oh and by the way I can do 5k in 27 and in my first 10k race (very hill) 58. Not brilliant times sadly. 

desperate to improve however and relishing the prospect of dedicating myself to something. Really need an aim - this is a big one but I'm thinking why not shoot for the stars? 

25/07/2013 at 09:42
What does a normal weeks training look like at the moment?
25/07/2013 at 09:55

Clare - Small Island Olympics and you can get into the 'Half Marathon' event (not normally considered a proper distance for major events) by running sub 1hr 40? Even as a member of the more attractive but slightly slower sex that is not a stunning time - I presume if you were at Bermuda last time then these are held all over the world?

Are expenses paid?

What is the qualifying time for a man for the HM?

How long do you have to live on the Isle of Wight to qualify? For example Literatin already has a HM PB of 1:28:26 - if she moved to the Isle of Wight for a couple of years would she be eligible for an all expenses paid trip to somewhere glamorous?

25/07/2013 at 09:57

Skinny, couldn't I just move somewhere glamorous for a couple of years and qualify that way?

Edit: no offense to the Isle of Wight.

Edited: 25/07/2013 at 09:58
25/07/2013 at 10:01

Hmmm - I've just Wiki'd the small island games - somewhere glamorous like the Faroe Islands for example!

Exciting ambition though Clare - go for it - like you say the worst thing that can happen is you get a lot fitter.

Edited: 25/07/2013 at 10:04
25/07/2013 at 10:03

That sounds great Clare. I am intrigued to know more about these games. Who else enters? is it taken seriously? I have heard of these small island football world cups where the countries such as Jersey, gibralter etc (all of whom cannot get fifa affiliation) do their own thing.

You need to answers millsys question before anyone can really help and the considerations made by stevie g.

Just looked up the country list. Cayman islands look appealing, isle of man does not! I am surprised to see see Iceland in there, hardly a small island in terms of geography or population compared with the others!

Edited: 25/07/2013 at 10:12
25/07/2013 at 13:06
Sounds Great, go for it. 1:40 is a reasonable time for a woman, but acheivable with consistent smart training. Certainly more acheivable than all the other 'what do I need to do to qualify for the next Olympics? ' threads.
25/07/2013 at 18:41

The Island Games are an awesome event, and if you search results most winning times are in the 1.22 mark. Which is silly talk! 

My training is anything between 12-18 miles a week which I know isn't anywhere near enough, but before these games I didn't have this aim.

ill give it a good go at any rate

25/07/2013 at 21:29

Good luck Clare! Also, the Isle of Wight seems to have fielded slower women runners than 1:40 before, so perhaps it won't be as hard to qualify as you think, especially as it's a team event. 

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