Can anyone recommend similar programme for building up to half marathon??

I started the c25k last summer in July after having my second baby in April and having never run before. I got stuck on week 5 for what felt like forever (went on holiday, moving house etc) but finally graduated a couple of months ago. I've since been working on the graduate programme and am really enjoying them.

When I started I didn't pay much attention to the blogs here but now looking over them I wish I had done so before, it's all so supportive and inspiring!

So now I consider myself a 'real' runner... did my first 10k in 1hr 1min 12s and am looking to beat that on my second 10k this weekend. In order to push myself further I hope to build up to a half marathon but I've enjoyed the programme so much that I would really like the structure of something similar to help me along. Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't want a written programme as I really like the simplicity of putting my headphones on and just doing what I'm told!!

To anyone who has just started, is thinking about starting or is just a bit stuck somewhere in the middle - keep going, repeat the runs if you need to, stick with it and you will get there!


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  • If you use a smartphone, RunKeeper certainly has various training plans for HM included. I've not used any of its training plans but presume they tell you what to do in terms of time, run/walk, whatever... :)

  • I use their delightfully named Run for Fat Loss plan and yes, no Laura-esque encouragement but you do get the voice your ear telling you what to do when and how far and how fast you've gone.

  • I don't know any that you down load. Runners world have a number of programmes depending on the time you want to achieve..I did a version of this. You, could also just add 10% to your long run until you get to the 13 miles. Good luck

  • Just wanted to say congratulations on your running! People like you are really pushing me - I started last year about the same time as you, graduated in September, and gradually starting trying to get to 10k, but I think I rushed this, ended up hurting myself and I've only just started the c25k plan again in the last few weeks. I'm currently on week 6 and enjoying it but it sure is hard doing it the second time around. If I hadn't had a huge almost 4 month gap I could be where you are now! Well done and you've really motivated me to keep going, good luck with your next step of running training :)

  • Wow, that is so nice to hear thanks. A year ago I would have laughed at the thought of being an inspiration to anyone!!! Congratulations on your running too, it must be hard going doing it a second time - not least as you know what is coming;) Just keep plodding away at it. I remember getting really fed up in the middle and thought I'd never get there. Took me 9 months rather than 9 weeks but in some ways I am glad to have taken more time as I feel I have developed my fitness more than I might have done... I'll let you know how I go on Sunday, I'm aiming for a sub 1hour 10k but no idea how I'm going to pace myself!!

  • Thanks everyone, I'll have a look at those suggestions. I think all us C25K graduates just want Laura to keep us on track ;) Just out of interest has anyone tried the audio fuel CD's?

  • If you find anything that works for you, do post about it here if you can. I'm sure there are others who would like to keep pushing the boundaries as they get fitter and more confident. And great to read the experiences of those who go before us. :)

  • PS. And good luck on Sunday!

  • Audiofuel, yes, I bought this pack

    I really like running to "feelin free", which is the hour long one, as it isn't memorable enough to get bored of, if that makes sense, but still notice an increased beat on some tracks.

    I also enjoy the pyramid training tracks, which is interval training.

    Definately gets my recommendation, haven't bought anymore yet as it seems to last longer than normal music before needing replacing :-)

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