Half-Marathon Man

I’m considering running the Atlanta Half-Marathon on Thanksgiving Day when I go home to visit my family, but I’m not quite sure I can be ready in time, so if I have any runners among my readers, I’d appreciate some advice. Right now, I’m running about four days a week, usually about 3-4 miles a day on Tuesday and Thursday with longer runs (today about six or seven miles) on Saturday and Sunday.

I’ve never run in a half-marathon before, much less a 10k run (which I could do easily now), but I think it would be a great goal that would, among other things, keep me on the right path in terms of weight loss. I’m down 30 or so pounds since July 15 and would like to lose another 10 or 15 by Christmas. I’ve also never really considered myself that athletic (I once went entire seasons without scoring a single point for my recreation league basketball team), so to be able to run a half marathon would be pretty cool.

I probably wouldn’t be considering this, but my sister is planning to run, and I think it would be fun to run with her. So, is it plausible to get from my current level to a half marathon in more or less five or six weeks? I have absolutely no aspirations about finishing with a decent time; more than anything, I’d just like to be able to say that I finished.

Update: It’s official.  I’ve decided to run.  I’ll try to keep everyone posted on my progress as I get ready for the race.  Nothing like a little public accountability to keep me motivated.


  1. Dylan Said,

    October 13, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

    Although I wouldn’t say that I’m a runner, but I have been in the past. I did one half marathon and, if you are already up to 3-4 a day and topping out at 6 miles on a long run, then you’ll DEFINITELY be able to go up to a half marathon by then….

    I used a plan that was similar to this one. You’d be behind this, obviously, but it’s a good thing. This one goes into a little more detail than the one I did, but I essentially did 3, 3, 3.5, crosstrain, 3.5, 3, 4… then bumped it up for the next week. Since you are already a little past that, you might start at 4, 4, 4.5, crosstrain, 4.5, 4, 5 then move up from there. In 4 weeks (around the time of the race) that’d put you at your longest run being 8 or 9 miles. That’s not that far, and probably enough for you to stretch your limits to the 12 miles you’d be running.

    Not ideal, but I think you’ll have plenty of time.

  2. Chuck Said,

    October 14, 2007 @ 10:09 am

    Cool. I’m pretty sure I’ll give it a shot. I’ve found a couple of pretty good training regimens online as well that suggest I’m not to far off track. I often ran when it was in the 80s and even low 90s, too, so cooler weather should help with the process.

    One of the cooler aspects of this run is that it’s on the trail used for the Olympic marathon in 1996, so that’ll make things more fun.

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