First HM? Would i be ready? (Read 280 times)

    started a C25K in July and did my first and only 5K race November 4th completed in just over 30 minutes.......been working on increasing my milage the past few weeks and intend to continue the trend.


    I have an opportunity to run a HM at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon in Champaign/Urbana April 27th. I am looking at the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Training Program and as a goal hope to average 10:30 pace. Thought i would just continue increasing my milage until i start this program next month keeping it slow and easy just to get a feel for the length of time.


    Any thoughts and or suggestions would greatly be appreciated.


    <h6>Half Marathon Training Schedule: Novice 2</h6>

    1 Rest 3 m run 3 m run 3 m run Rest 4 m run cross
    2 Rest 3 m run 3 m pace 3 m run Rest 5 m run cross
    3 Rest 3 m run 4 m run 3 m run Rest 6 m run cross
    4 Rest 3 m run 4 m pace 3 m run Rest 7 m run cross
    5 Rest 3 m run 4 m run 3 m run Rest 8 m run cross
    6 Rest 3 m run 4 m pace 3 m run Rest 5-K Race cross
    7 Rest 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 9 m run cross
    8 Rest 3 m run 5 m pace 3 m run Rest 10 m run cross
    9 Rest 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 10-K Race cross
    10 Rest 3 m run 5 m pace 3 m run Rest 11 m run cross
    11 Rest 3 m run 5 m run 3 m run Rest 12 m run cross
    12 Rest 3 m run 2 m pace 2 m run Rest Rest Half Marathon

    First Race

    Hot Chocolate 5K Chicago November 4, 2012 30:17

    Second Race

    Penguin in the Park 5K Decatur Illinois March 23,2013 27:08



      I think you'll be more than ready for a half in April. Congrats on your first 5k! Higdon plans seem to be a popular choice for first timers, although most people end up adding miles to the short runs (3-4 milers). Keep working on increasing your miles and you'll do great.

      PR's: 5k - 23:33/ 10k - 48:30/ 5 mi. - 39:21/ 13.1 - 1:53/ 26.2 recent - 4:34


      Upcoming races: Resolution Run HM 1/1/13

                                  Phoenix R&R    HM 1/20/13

      Jeff F

      Free Beer

        Yes, you could be ready if your only goal is to finish the race.  I used Hal's plans for my first several marathons and they are great for new runners.  For new runners the challenge is to stay uninjured, we have all been there.


        The Illinoi is a great venue for your first half.  I ran the half last year, but will be running the full this year.


        Good luck!

          I'd not go 12 miles a week before the race.  I'd cap it at 2 hours (10.5-11 miles at your pace?) and call it a day.  I don't think a week is enough for the long run training effect to kick in and not much point in pushing yourself to your longest run ever 7 days before the race, unless you don't plan this to be a goal race.  But I don't know 10 % of what Hal Higdon does.

          Better I Leave

            You'll be ready. Hell, you'll be way better trained than I was upon entering my first half and I finished w/ a 2:18. I'd never heard of Hal Higdon when I started running! LOL! I just ran for 6 months, slapped on my Reebok Runtones (yes...I know better now) and ran it.


            We'll just ignore the pain I had to endure for a couple of weeks thereafter, k? Thanks. **grin**


            Go get'em my friend! You'll be ready. Smile