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1/2 marathon training w/o following a program

I tried to follow the Hal Higdon novice 1 training program, but it was just to time intensive and didn't really seem to give my body enough time to recover between workouts (I was always sore and tired). 

The past couple weeks, I have been logging between 11-12 miles (running 2 - 3 times/week).  I have been feeling good and planning to increase my long runs from 6 - 11 miles.  

I plan to run 3 miles on Sundays, 5 miles on Tuesdays and the long runs on Friday or Saturdays. 

My 1/2 marathon is Memorial Day weekend.  Does this sound like enough training to prepare or do I need to log more miles during training?  My goal is to finish the run within 2 hours.

Thank you!

Re: 1/2 marathon training w/o following a program

  • I don't run but a lot of my co-workers do so I hear them talking about their training methods.

    They usually start running X amount of miles (for you that sounds like 6 miles) and add on 1-2 miles/week depending on how they feel.  By the time

    Where there is love, there is life.-Ghandi
  • I'm in the middle of training for my 3rd half marathon and I've never followed an "official" training program. I used to run 2-3 times per week with 1-2 shorter runs (~2-3 miles) and one long run. The shorter runs were used for maintenance and improvin

  • Im so glad you posted this! Im doing my 1st HM in 20 days ($*@#!%) & Im freaking the f*ck out!!!

    I originally was going to follow either Hal Higdon or Jeff Galloways methods, but starting to train for a HM in WI during the middle of winter is

    Cooper age 8, Taylor age 14

  • I didn't use a training method either, but started with a base of 5 miles. I added on each week during my long run about a mile or so and did fine. I had about 3 months in between when I started and when I ran. 
  • I just started training this week for my first half marathon. I am a novice when it comes to running so I knew I needed something easy!

    Check out my blog for my 20 week plan.


  • I ran my first 1/2 two years ago. I signed up for it after a coworker encouraged me to, and I didn't even know how far it was until after I had finished registering. I started working out with a personal trainer in February (to improve overall h
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