Runners, marathon (half), etc.

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  • 1 Post By greenjumper

Has anyone ever ran in a half marathon, without running a 5k first?

I'm actually "run/walking" a 5k in like two weeks. I've been sick and still am so my training has been further delayed, and not any kind of sickness, I'm talking about toilet-sitting for days sickness.

Anyways...

My school is having a training program for a half marathon and full marathon, they're creating a team, and there is a 17 week training program. I'm interested, but I can't even run a 5k as of right now. The half marathon (no way would I do a full one) is in feb.

Do you think I could do it? Or I mean, would it be do-able. I mean if they're going to be training us it's probably much easier than me training myself.
I have never run any type of marathon or anything but I did complete a running program that lasted for about 18 weeks. At the end of the program I made a ton of progress and I could really tell the difference. The program was held 3 times a week 90 minutes each.

I was really out of shape when the program first began and I was huffin' and puffin' after one mile. It was embarrassing! However, afterwards I could run no problem. They focused more on endurance and less on speed. We also learned about breathing and running posture.

Anyway, I really think you should go for it! I am sure you will see great results. I've also found if you are a part of a program you are more likely to really stick with it.

Goodluck!
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I'm training for a 10k right now. I've never run a race before. it's hard, right nwo My shins are killing me.
I've also gained about 10 lbs, but I think it is all muscle weight because my pants are actually looser than they were before and I've lost a half inch from my waist
I don't know that I'd do it. When I ran my first half marathon I'd been running for about 3 years already, and had done several 5k's first. It still was tough, and my training was pretty solid. With that said, there are people who train with programs like Team in Training who start from scratch and work up to running a marathon in like 6 months or something.

You can probably finish the race if you start training now. If you're okay with run/walking it, that's also something to consider. Can you sign up, see how training goes, and then make a decision when the race is closer? If that's an option, I'd say go for it, see how you feel in January, and then decide. Good luck!
The first race I ran was a 10K. I think it might be good to do 5K or 10K distances first before attempting a half marathon. Actually, I love the 10K distance because it's attainable and you don't have to put in a ton of time training, yet it's a bigger accomplishment than a 5K.
The first race I ran was a 10K. I think it might be good to do 5K or 10K distances first before attempting a half marathon. Actually, I love the 10K distance because it's attainable and you don't have to put in a ton of time training, yet it's a bigger accomplishment than a 5K.
Originally Posted by sarah42
That's how I feel about half marathons--compared to a marathon, training for a half is easy.

To the OP, I had another thought. Can you take a look at the first couple of weeks of the training program? If that looks doable, then I say do it and see what happens. If it looks overwhelming, stick with shorter distances first.
Like other posters said, go for it! You may end up walking/running but that is ok! Treat your body well during this time: rest, eat right, get some strength training in and you'll be set.

I've only ran 5ks and 10ks, definitely want to run a half next year. Good luck!
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