Now, hear me out before you cry 'Noooo!'. The half marathon is in June. There's a 10K on the same day, and I am going to sign up for one of them, as a means of motivating myself to get off my ass and finish week 4 properly - the 20 minute run soon approaching is putting me off quite a lot, I'll be honest. I work a lot better with a genuine set deadline (fake deadlines don't worry, believe me), so this could help me a lot. According to a quick Google search, it takes ten weeks of solid training to hit 10K, and twelve-fifteen for a half marathon. I have no idea if they're accurate or what they consider someone's average 'beginning' is, but I'd have about 25 weeks (from January onwards, as it'll be logistically difficult for me to train much over Christmas).
I want to push myself, but also be physically capable of doing whatever I sign up for. Assuming I did 5K and started working on 10K straight after, doing the three runs a week every week from January onwards, then moved onto half-marathon training if/when applicable which would be the better target for me to apply for?
Also general advice (including 'Noooo!') is appreciated!