How did you know you were ready to run a half marathon?
I got this question a few days ago – it’s something I get asked a lot in some form or another….
“I can run 6 miles now and feel good… how long before I’m ready for a half marathon?”
“I ran a 5k last Christmas and have been running ever since – do you think I can run a half marathon in April?”
Yes, you can run a half marathon. But the timing depends on your fitness level and time you have to train.
You are ready to TRAIN for a Half Marathon when:
1. You can run about 6 miles or a 10K and it doesn’t send you to the hospital and/or cause you to hate running.
Why – Many half marathon training plans start their long runs at about 5 or 6 miles. So, you should have that base built up to be able to run that stretch once a week.
2. You have about 4 or 5 days a week that allow for time to run – this can be 45 minutes to an hour depending – with one day with a little more time for long runs.
Why – Most training plans have you run 4 or 5 days a week. There are a few ‘run 3 days’ plans, but you still have to cross train on off days.
3. You really want to run 13.1 miles! <- Desire and motivation are the #1 indicator. If you want it, go for it!!!
Why- I cannot tell you what you can and can’t do – no one can! You know what you’re made of!!!
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