With two 5Ks under my belt already, one of my goals this year is to run my way up. Although I’ve already been asked if I wanted to run a marathon, I’m not sure how ready I am for that. A half marathon, which is 13.1 miles, seems like a more doable distance for me. There are a couple half marathons that I’m looking into, and they’re pretty popular.
The Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon is on October 19, 2008 and in San Francisco. It is so popular that in order to be eligible, you have to sign up and hopefully be randomly picked. This one is appealing to women as the finisher necklaces are designed by Tiffany & Co. and have pedi care stations along the way. And of course, it’s run by Nike and in San Francisco, so you know its going to be nice.
Then, there’s the Disney Marathon and Half Marathon in January 2009. This event seems more doable for me and it’s a lot closer. The course is along the Disney property, which is the happiest place on earth! The Half Marathon is already 85% full, and it’s only February, so I probably have to decide soon!
If anyone has ran these races in the past, let me know your experience!
I believe the post I'm linking to here: http://www.wellsphere.com/forumTopic.s?topicId=444
references the Disney Marathon you're mentioning. Sounds like so much fun!
Congratulations on running two 5Ks! Those are great achievements. I definitely think a half-marathon is something you can accomplish. I understand you wanting to take things one step at a time. It's completely logical to start with a half-marathon before running a full marathon-and I know you'll do that soon too!
I haven't run either one of these races, but I did go from running 2 miles to running a 100 mile ultra in one year, and finished that 100 in 23 hrs 23 min for 11th place overall. The human body is capable of much much more than you think. Keep pushing the "limit" and you'll discover it doesn't exist. After you complete a 5k, sign up for a 10k. After the 10k sign up for a half marathon. After the half sign up for a full. After the full sign up for a 50k.This is how I did it. You can absolutely do it.
I plan on running four 100 milers in 2009 and one 150 miler. Do NOT limit yourself. Keep pushing the bar higher. You only live once!
The secret to running long distance is to give yourself enough time to become really used to the distance. My suggestion is to slowly work up to 15 miles for your long run and to run that distance for a few months. Then, the half will be a piece of cake for you. General guidelines for working up to 15 miles are to follow the 10% rule (making small increases each week or two in distance) and to run heavy/light (alternating runs of heavy stress with runs of light stress). We're all different, and we each have to listen to our body and keep the intensity of our training within the bounds set by our bodies. Excessive soreness or pain, huffing and puffing, feeling burned out about running, and injuries are all signs that we've exceeded the limits of our bodies. There are a lot of plans for half-marathon training. Here is the plan I recommend.
I think you can do it. That is how I started out. I did a couple of 5K's and then wanted to set a bigger goal for myself. I knew a marathon was to big for me and to big of a time commitment for my life. As Allen mention the best is to build up to it. There are a number of 12 week half-marathon guides that will help you train you can find online or www.runnerworlds.com. I also totally agree with Allen on going past the 13.1 mark before you run the race. Many people train, but never go the full distance or just do one 13 mile before the race. Its better to go farther so you know how your body reacts. If you completed the training you will have no problem finishing the race and you will feel great and have something truly to be proud of. You're next step might be a marathon or might not. For me I'm sticking to half-marathons for the time being. Best of luck. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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