Hi Lisa, it's definitely possible to go from 0 to HM in 9 months. I started running properly in April and ran a half-marathon in October (of the same year!). As already stated above, the thing to do is take it slow & easy and build up the mileage. Don't worry about pace too much.
I started with a run / walk programme and built up.
Go for distance / time on feet - not speed. Also, vary your route as you may get bored quickly doing the same thing 4 times a week.
Hi Ellie, welcome to the thread. Sounds like you've set yourself a good goal for the marathon. Good luck with the training.
Hi DeltaDawn - not sure on rest days myself as I am a newbie and I'm just following the plan (kind of anyway!). Running 4 days a week which is plenty for me. I'm finding the long runs on the weekend are OK at the time, but do take a couple of days to recover from. I could do 5 days a week I think, but only once I'm used to the distance.
Harmander - I did want to do the Tower Bridge to finish line run with you, but I can't do the 15th. In fact, with the long runs I'm having to start them really early just to get them done as I'm so busy on the weekends at the moment. It's tough getting the time. My wife is supportive, which is great but it is a struggle. Thanks for the offer anyway; if you plan to re-run it again at some point, let us know.
Overall, training is going fine - no injuries despite increasing the long run up to 13 miles, which to be honest is the most important thing really.
I've put on some weight over Christmas though! Would really like to drop some weight before the day (4 stone would be nice!). I'm still just under a stone lighter now than when I started, so I'm hopeful I can lose a bit more
17 weeks! 111 days! - Actually that doesn't worry me as much as it would have done a month or two ago. I went for 12 miles last weekend - my second longest run ever after the HM in October - quite slow but I felt fine during & afterwards which was a big confidence boost.
TopSec - That sucks but you're doing the right thing - rest it and with luck you'll heal quickly and get back out there. I had shin pain (shin splints?) and I think that using 10% ibuprofen gel helped - it might be all in my head but may be worth a try.
A cold 6 miles this morning; crunching through thick frost. Quite nice really, but unfortunately back at work now. On the other hand it is very quiet so here I am on the forum!
I have some wiggle vouchers and the promise from wifey to buy me something in the sales. May get some new trainers or maybe given the weather today a warmer base layer - decisions decisions,
I gave blood the other week on a Friday evening. I went for a 9 mile run on the Friday morning which they weren't overly keen on as there was an increased possibility of dehydration, but given that it was cold and I could assure them I had rehydrated fully then they let me donate.
I went for a very short run the morning after (couple of miles) just to check and felt OK. After that it had no noticeable impact. I guess everyone is different though.