Is it possible to train and do well in a half marathon in 8 weeks?
Fractured my hand (the writing one!) on Sunday and been told around 6 weeks recovery which prob means a while off the bike.
I can’t just sit around so thought about running. There is a local half marathon on 13th March (8 weeks away).
Is it poss the train and do relatively well in such short time? Suppose I’d like to go under 1:40.
For info I’ve been running once or twice a week for the past few months at around 9 min/mile pace. Last run was last Thursday and did 5.68 miles.
Cheers for any help.Posted 7 years agowartonMember
Personally I’d say you won’t be able to get under 1.40 in 8 weeks. you need to be running 7.50 miles or thereabouts. so you need to lose a minute a mile and nearly triple the distance, prove me wrong, but I’d say no way.
Also you don’t want to be doing any big runs in the week beforehand IMO, so that gives you 7 weeks really.
enter and enjoy itPosted 7 years ago
Have you tried running yet ? I tried it a few years ago with pins in my hand from spiral fracture. Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow etc. Had another go three weeks later when the pins were out. Not as bad, but still sore, more throbbing than agonising.
Go for a 10 minute bimble before you write your training plan I reckon.
I could sit on a turbo and if I kept the hand high it didn’t hurt too much, except when I fell off.Posted 7 years agoMostly BalancedMember
It all depends on how fit you are to start with and how you’re body reacts to training. 1:40 sounds a bit optimistic if you’re regularly going at 9 minute mile pace in training. Also, there is a huge difference between running 13.1 miles and running 5.68 miles.
Get out and do a 10mile plus run as soon as you can and that will give you a good pointer as to what to expect in the half marathon.Posted 7 years ago
P.S I should add that I fell off the turbo as I couldn’t tighten the bolts properly with one hand so the bike fell out. Had to wait for a visitor !
And it took me longer to get my running bra on than the run I had planned, but thats another story and I prolly not an issue for you !Posted 7 years agorichiethesilverfishMember
Be honest with yourself. Are you relatively fit anyway? If so I suspect you’ll suprise yourself. I’ve done a few halfs now but the first one I did without any specific running training and it went fine. I did a 1hr 45mins on a hilly course.
I was racing a lot of 100km mountain bike marathons, etc at that stage so already a good base level of fitness and more importantly, I had experienced that hitting the wall feeling a load of times.Posted 7 years ago
How fit am I? Difficult to quantify on here I suppose but to give an idea I ride at least 3-4 times a week usually including a 2-3 hour mtb ride and long road ride, length depending on time year.
I know 10k is prob a lot different but did 47 mins a few years ago without any specifc training, never really ran for more than 30 mins leading up to it. This is where I got 1:40 from.
Hels – no, won’t have that problem but happy for you to share the details 😆
Just a splint and in a sling for the moment.Posted 7 years agoshedfullMember
I think you can definitely run a half but your 1:40 might be a bit optimistic given the timescale to train. There are a few unknowns about your current ability so I’d want to run a 10k fairly soon and see how fast that goes, then base your training and race time on that. RW and plenty of other sites have convertors to tell you what speed you might run x distance based on your time over y distance.
There’s only one way to build to a distance, and that’s to train up to that distance with the long Sunday runs (except for full marathons where you rarely train beyond 22M), and there’s only one way to get faster, which is to get your hill and speed sessions done. Do these and you should get through the half and in good time.
Good luck with your training and the race. I hope you enjoy it. Maybe look at some off road duathlons when you’re done?
IanPosted 7 years ago
cynic-al – Member
I’ve been running 15ish miles a week at average of 8:19 minutes a mile
I’m thinking of the Edinburgh marathon on 22 May (18.5 weeks away) and have found a programme which involves 3 runs a week.
Any chance I’d get sub 3 hr?
No, not on 3 runs a week unless you’re really fit and just farting around at the moment as you’ll need to be doing better than 7 min miles for ALL 26 MILES. Tssk. 🙂Posted 7 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
I’ve started running to shift some bulk, but at 4st over my ideal I’m carting a fair bit of weight around to start with, & it shows. But I’ve got to start somewhere. 😉Posted 7 years ago
Three runs in now. First time out did 1k. Started too fast & soon showed. Second I did 1.5x the first distance & after much slower start did ok. This morning did 1.5x the second distance & actually really enjoyed it. Tempted to go further but decided to go up 1.5x the previous distance for a run ro two, till I’m up to about 7.5 – 10k, then focus on pace. Did a lot of running in my twenties, & could do 10k in around 36min. Odd thing is, on a bike I can generally stay with the fitter chaps unless its too steep/long. Wrong side of 40 now, with 4st to shift, but really enjoying the running.
takisawa mate – running is a good way to lose weight if you are normal size and want to be svelte. Not good for those carrying more due to impact involved. You will inevitable stuff your joints. Lots of long walks first !! With 5 mins running here and there during the walks, building up slowly.
There is some merit in “crash training” so they say, I have seen people do it, but I think you have to have a reasonable base.Posted 7 years agodjgloverMember
I did 1:29 last year with an 8 week programme, I had base fitness and was running 20-30 miles a week before hand. During training I went to over 40 miles a week. It will be hard without some base running fittness I think but not Insurmountable.
Also bear in mind you can probably pull 5% out of the bag on race day that you didn’t know you had.Posted 7 years agoononeorangeSubscriber
Of no help I suppose, but I did a half marathon a few years ago thinking how hard could it be having not actually trained (ie I’d run a couple of time in the previous few months). Bloody hell never again, the answer was “a lot”, couldn’t walk for a week. Nowhere near 1.40!!Posted 7 years ago
cynic-al – Member
Not trolling, but have looked into it a bit more now
In that case, you have my appologies. The question was a bit like ‘I go out for half an hour on the bikes with the kids on a Sunday, can I expect to do LeJog in less than 8 days?’.
Having written that, you may be one of those hateful fit running gets who doesn’t need to train to be good.
So if you’re serious, I’d forget the time for now and get yourself built up to 30-40 miles per week at 7.5/8min miles and go from there, don’t overdo it at the start. You should be aiming for 3-4 8-10 mile runs plus a 15-20 mile long one and some rest per week.
If you’re serious, you’ll need to apply yourself more than 3 sessions per week if you’re really currently doing 15 miles @8:20’s.Posted 7 years agooldgitMember
Jase, knowing your road fitness, your background and weight etc I’m surprised your only banging out 9 minute miles.Posted 7 years ago
Barring any issues, I reckon if you can do 8 miles comfortably then the 1/2s well within reach.
I’d have a look at extending your stride, a bit like a swimmer trying to maximize stroke.
I do assume you are talking road times there.BenHouldsworthMember
Check out crossfitendurance.com and also a book called “the four hour body”. There’s alot being written now on high intensity versus high volume e.g 400 metre repeats, tabata etc. Also google Brian Mackenzie at Unscared, he runs 100 mile races on 6 hours a week training and knows his stuffPosted 7 years agoTurnerGuyMember
it took me longer to get my running bra on than the run I had planned
I awould have assumed that you are female, but since watching JLC in Japan last week that assumption may not be true.
I have a 1/2 marathon on Sunday (Gt Bentley) and havent run much since I broke my collarbone in October. Training has been 8 miles today, 7 miles this tuesday, 5 miles last friday, saturday and sunday, and 3, 3, and 5 miles the previous friday/saturday/sunday.
Just lean your head forward and left gravity take you round…
That is my plan.Posted 7 years agowartonMember
Just lean your head forward and left gravity take you round…
honestly one of the worst things you can do,leads to poor posture and strike. I read a great piece of advice. “Imagine two pieces of string, one attached to the top of your head pulling it up straight, another attched to the centre of your chest, pulling you along” thats how you should run, slighty lean into hills thoughPosted 7 years ago
Did the 10k yesterday.
Hurt like hell from the gun (actually a whistle). Started off too fast.
Ended up 78th out of 238. Time was 46.22.
Hand is now healed sufficiently that I can get back on the bike but may continue the running and enter a few more 10k’s throughout the year as it shouldn’t impact the biking too much.
Thanks everyone.Posted 7 years ago
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