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Surviving a half marathon without training?

I am running my first half in 2 weeks. I have trained for it over 18 weeks with my local running store & group. I am very excited.

My BIL has decided that he wants to run with me.  He has not trained.  I sent him the schedule, but he said it was too much running, so instead he switched to light beer for the summer.  Seriously.

He is a relatively thin 32 year old guy.  I think he goes to the gym a few times a week. Once, in July he ran 9km on the treadmill.

Will he survive?

Obviously I have worked my butt off and will be devastated if he beats me.  I am seriously hoping he DNF (sorry, that's mean I know).

I am thinking he will get a blister in his cotton socks.  Any other thoughts/predictions?

 

Re: Surviving a half marathon without training?

  • Survive? Sure.

    Enjoy it? Probably not.

    Be miserable? Definitely.

    Regret it? You betcha.

  • I don't know him. I would personally survive because I am stubborn but not too proud to walk, although it would take me a long time. If he is a wuss, he won't finish, If he has a lot of pride, he might run the whole time just to save face. I hope to hell he doesn't beat you!
  • depends on what he does in the gym and his cardiovascular fitness. My DH ran a half marathon with almost no training (only kept his normal gym workouts which include running 3 to 5 miles 3 times a week before lifting for about an hour and playing basketball for 2 hours on Monday nights) and finished in 2 hours 1 minute, never walked and felt fine afterwards. I ran it faster and did not lose steam at mile 10 (while he never walked, he slowed by about a minute a mile from mile 10-finish), but nothing bad happened. :) Just focus on your race and don't worry about it!
  • imageDevonStiles:

    Survive? Sure.

    Enjoy it? Probably not.

    Be miserable? Definitely.

    Regret it? You betcha.

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  • Is he in shape overall? ?My DH ran a half marathon with little training and he survived, he can run a 10 mile race doing 7 minute miles or faster with no training, but he does not enjoy it, and if anything he gets frustrated because he knows he can go faster if he trains. ?(so why he doesn't train is beyond me.) So I think your BIL will definitely survive, but like a pp said, he won't enjoy it and he will likely regret it.?
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  • Sure, really out of shape people walk in half marathons all the time.  He can run/walk it without training.
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  • imageDevonStiles:

    Survive? Sure.

    Enjoy it? Probably not.

    Be miserable? Definitely.

    Regret it? You betcha.

     

    This made me smile.  Thank you!

  • I hope his nipples chafe 'til they bleed. What a way to belittle the effort you've put into training. DNF indeed.

     

  • imageGRKaters:

    I hope his nipples chafe 'til they bleed. What a way to belittle the effort you've put into training. DNF indeed.

     

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  • My DH doesn't run b/c of past knee problems (in HS he was told chose surgery or to quit running, he quit running).  There have been a few times when we've been together that he has run with me (e.g.. escaping rain in the middle of a walk). These experiences have shown me was despite that I have trained for multiple races, including 2 half marathons, he can somehow kick my a$$ at least in short distances even when I'm in training mode.  He is tall and skinny and has always pushed himself at everything he does. I wouldn't be surprised if he managed to beat me without training in a longer race!!
  • This sounds like a great way to injure oneself.  My guess is that he won't be able to walk the next day...and I do hope you skip circles around him the next day :)
  • I did this in 2006.  The most I had run was ONE MILE.  And I signed up for a 5k, but ended up going the HM route.  It took me 2:55 or something like that, and I did irreparable damage to my foot.  I could barely walk, literally, for a week.

    I was a regular TKB'er and worked out probably 1-3 times a week.

  • He may be fine, he may be injured. It really shouldn't effect your race, as everyone is different.


  • imageGRKaters:

    I hope his nipples chafe 'til they bleed. What a way to belittle the effort you've put into training. DNF indeed.

     

    That's a bit harsh, don't you think?  I don't see why it matters how he finishes and I would never wish discomfort or a DNF on anyone.  Aside from that, maybe he'll do just fine...some people have a natural ability to run and don't require an 18 week training program to finish a half.

    FWIW, my friend's boyfriend raced a 5k last spring and he never runs, ever.  He ran it in 18 minutes.  None of us ran that fast, even though we all run regularly.  Did we care or did it affect us?  No. 

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  • imageGRKaters:

    I hope his nipples chafe 'til they bleed. What a way to belittle the effort you've put into training. DNF indeed.

     

    haha. THIS!!! 

  • He will finish if his mind is in the right place.  Will it be the best time, maybe not.

    I did ran my 1st 5k in May.  I hadn't run in over a year and I made it.  I didn't walk at all, my time wasn't the best.  It made me want to start running again.  

  • My husband recently ran a 20-miler with me, and he had almost zero training. He's generally pretty fit though, and I think he's a "natural" runner, although he doesn't enjoy it very much. He crossed the finish line 20 minutes after me, and he was definitely hurting for several days after the race, but he did it. He's also running a marathon with me in 3 weeks, using the same strategy. I don't know how he does it.

    If your BIL is the same way, then he will probably finish, but he'll be slow.
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  • imageMrs.NGM:

    FWIW, my friend's boyfriend raced a 5k last spring and he never runs, ever.  He ran it in 18 minutes.  None of us ran that fast, even though we all run regularly.  Did we care or did it affect us?  No. 

    That's my DH. Not quite 18 minutes, but he finished his first 5k in 24 minutes and won his AG without training. He proceeded to toss his cookies at the finish line though.

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