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Anyone up for a challenge as we say goodbye 2020, hello 2021 🎈🎈🎈- are you in???

linda9389
linda9389Administrator

Hi everyone!!!

As so many of us continue to be affected by COVID restrictions, we have a few β€˜events’ to keep your motivation in tip-top condition!!!

WINTER SPEED challenge (over on the Bridge to 10k forum)

roseabi is running this challenge from Nov 23rd to Dec 20th - if you would like to join there’s more info here healthunlocked.com/bridgeto...

2020 DISTANCE challenge here on Marathon

Running from Dec 21st to the end of the year (more details on this very soon) - let’s say goodbye to 2020 in style!!!

NEW SPRING 2021 Half Marathon group

Yes, we’re starting a new Half Marathon group!!! The camaraderie of training and completing a HM in a virtual group has proved more relevant than ever in these challenging times!

β˜… Anyone can join the group (we do recommend that people have run 10K before embarking on a half marathon plan) - whether it’s your first half marathon or your 101st, whether you plan to run solo or in an official event, whether you’re part way through a plan or not yet started.

β˜… Following your own plan (with your own target HM date) we will share info, ideas and experiences, with a good helping of the support that HU is famous for!!!

β˜… From New Year, roseabi and I plan to write weekly posts to help keep us all motivated, encouraged and informed! Your input to these posts and discussions will be invaluable, but in the meantime do let us know how you are getting on (or ask any questions) either in a post of your own or in the weekly chat posts.

β˜… We recognise that anyone training for their first HM may be looking for help choosing a training plan. There are a plethora of plans freely available but the key is to choose one that will suit your lifestyle. Take a look at this post which will help you get started healthunlocked.com/marathon...

β˜… Let us know in the comments below if you are interested in joining this new HM group and we’ll start a new list of HUHMers (and set up a Strava club for anyone interested in following progress on Strava) 😊

Keep an eye out for more posts on the Distance challenge and the HM group - if you follow myself and roseabi, you should get a notification whenever we write a new post.

Happy running everyone!!!

Marathon team xxx

November 19th, 2020

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roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

πŸ’―πŸ‘πŸ˜€ awesome!!!!And check out the new emoji thing - adding images to replies is coming soon too 😊😊😊

Hello, please count me in for the HM group. I have a training plan but no race yet!πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Blackberrypie

Brilliant! You don't need a race, but you do need a plan - you're off to a great start 😊. Good luck and have fun!!!

AllezLeChef
AllezLeChefHalf Marathon

Hi, can you please add me to HM group. Hopefully I will make it to the start line for London Landmarks this year

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to AllezLeChef

Excellent! Fingers crossed for LLHM - the delayed date hopefully gives it a fighting chance of going ahead this time. Everything crossed for it 🀞

Great stuff, your efforts are very much appreciated. May tackle the HM if I can get sorted!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Jonno34

Perfect! It's good to think positively. That half marathon will be yours one day and it will be all the sweeter for the wait 😊

Fran6500
Fran6500Half Marathon

I have a place in the London Landmarks in May 2021. Does this count as a Spring challenge?? And assuming it goes ahead 😘

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Fran6500

It most certainly counts! I suspect there will be very few events early spring, several of the big ones have already moved their dates back to late spring. I imagine there will be several HU entries to LLHM 😊

Juliet202
Juliet20210 Miles

Hello !! I’m up for half marathon ! I’m on week 2 of a 21 week Garmin plan for Jeff Galloway as coach. So that puts my target date for HM race around end March. Gulp ! I’ve only recently passed the 10k mark (twice !) so a bit of a newby. 😢

Cool, I'm the same as you, only recently done 10k (twice). I also have a Garmin, so I'll look into their training plans. Are they easy to set up?

Juliet202
Juliet20210 Miles in reply to Beatlesforever

Yey !! It’s so easy I almost can’t remember how I did it !! I did it through Garmin connect app - just look at the Garmin coach bit and see what happens ! I think there’s a way of searching different plans but there are some default ones aswell - when you choose one they ask you some basic questions about your average speed, currently weekly distance and how long you want to set the plan up for - and you can choose different coaches - check out their mini intro videos for their different approaches. And hey presto - you have your plan which syncs with the watch....

Fab, off I go to take a look, thanks! 😁

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Juliet202

Perfect! I joined the first HM group as a total newbie to distance running (as did many others); if you have no official event date to work towards you can take your time and get to that magic distance in one piece and have fun on the way! Good to have you onboard 😊

runningdad
runningdadHalf Marathon

Count me in. I'm also signed up to London Landmarks in May. Though my running buddy is trying to persuade me to double up and do Edinburgh the week after too. πŸ€”

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to runningdad

excellent! Now there's a target - two HMs in a week! Perfectly doable I'm sure although you may not PB at both without paying for it πŸ˜‚

Joster
JosterHalf Marathon

Yes please to the Spring HM group! Waiting to hear from Cambridge Half, apparently an announcement is imminent. It should be March, suspect it's pushed back, but I need a target for Spring!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Joster

Brilliant - good to have you back! I think a lot of them will push back a bit next year - gives us more time to train if nothing else πŸ˜€

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Joster

Hmm. Looks like Cambridge is delayed til September πŸ™

Joster
JosterHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Just heard - October 17th!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Joster

I literally read it a few minutes before typing that, my memory is shot!!! Will you look for a new spring event?

Yes, please! to the spring HM group πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Beatlesforever

Excellent - welcome aboard! If you're just starting the build up from 10k check out the pinned posts - lots of useful info there. Let us know how it's going and don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any 😊

Fab, thank you! I've also set up a training plan with Garmin as advised by Juliet202 above ☺️ in theory I should be running a HM at the end of April 😳 we shall see but I'll definitely try my best! Really looking forward to this challenge πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺ

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Beatlesforever

Wonderful! It's a very doable and hugely rewarding challenge. Have fun!!!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon

I am stil aiming to get a HM in before Christmas but I will keep in touch with this group; need all the encouragement that is available!!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

You'll be ready for another one come spring BC!!! πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Good idea; maybe I can gather some more bling to add to my pile (2 medals!!). One tiny bit of benefit from social distancing is that I might not get a repeat of last winter's chest infections which stopped two HM plans in their tracks. Will keep trying!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Every cloud .... right πŸ˜€. Definitely need to add to that pile BC!!!

David_G
David_GHalf Marathon

Hi, can you put me down for the HM group please?πŸ™‚ If I plan things right (never guaranteed 🀣) I could finish my LEJOG4 challenge with a HM!πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to David_G

Brilliant. That would be a great way to finish LEJOG4 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

Hi - yes please sign me up for the HM group. Looking forward to it! Thanks v much.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to MilliePuli

Excellent - welcome aboard! If you're just starting to build up to this distance for the first time, check out the pinned posts - lots of useful info there. Let us know how it's going and don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any 😊

Guinea70
Guinea70Half Marathon

Hi linda please can you add me to the Spring HM group too, I'm hoping to do my 1st HM by the end of the year after my two failed attempts in the Autumn group. I'd love to be part of the group (it really helped last time) and hopefully do another in the Spring :)

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Guinea70

Fabulous! We're still right behind you for a HM in 2020. You can do this!!! Another one in spring will make you a seasoned HMer πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

a_in_gsr
a_in_gsrHalf Marathon

I'm down for the HM group!! After seeing the autumn one go ahead and being a bit behind that I was hoping to see this post :)

I have no set date / race in mind yet but hope to achieve the distance sometime in the new year.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to a_in_gsr

Excellent - welcome aboard! If you've no set date then you have the luxury of being able to take your time! 😊

Roxdog
Roxdog10 Miles

Please can I join the HM group?

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Roxdog

You most certainly can!!! Great to have you along 😊

Please include me. I was to do the autumn one but illness and death of mum put that on back burner.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Reggiegirl

Oh gosh, I'm sorry to hear that, you must have had a really rough time. Hopefully this will give you something to look forward to as we put 2020 behind us. Welcome to the group 😊

Run46
Run46Half Marathon

Count me in please Linda...not sure how it's going to work along with my low HR training as after 2 months I'm still having to walk plenty of times on most runs and haven't managed over 6K as by then my ****ing Garmin is going off every 30 seconds but there's plenty of time to figure it out πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

I have a love/hate relationship with zone 3 training, the odd run where I don't have to walk has kept me persevering but it's very slow going and often 1 step forward then 2 back...I regularly remind myself that patience is a virtue!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Run46

Brilliant! I'm hoping to try some low(er) HR training this time too so we can curse together!!! I had heard a rumour that patience is a virtue ... I'm not convinced though πŸ˜‚

Run46
Run46Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Me neither πŸ˜‚

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksHalf Marathon

I wasn’t really planning on training for another HM until getting ready for Bath - which of course isn’t going ahead until September 2021 now - but I’m a sucker for a group, so may I jump on board just for fun please Linda? Who knows, there may be another virtual medal to be won - and I do love my bling! πŸ…

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to cheekychipmunks

You most certainly can - it wouldn't be the same without you! And of course fun is the name of the game, event or no event 😊

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon

Hi Linda. I would really like to join the new HM group. The posts on here really help me. Thanks, as always.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Stephen_UK

Fabulous! It's great to have you in the group πŸ‘ Do you have a place for LLHM for next year?

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

I think so. But the charity is not doing a good job os staying in touch, so I am just hoping they haven’t messed up the deferral.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Stephen_UK

Oh dear! Fingers crossed. Which charity? MIND were great but loads of people complained about Cancer Research's communication in 2019

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

It’s the NSPCC. I have e-mailed a few times and they said they would send info soon, so fingers crossed. But that was ages ago. Also wondering whether to try the Big Half, which is five weeks before. Surely one of these has to go ahead and it doubles my chance of not being injured when the date comes around.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Stephen_UK

Am liking the logic! Decent gap too if they both go ahead

Stephen_UK
Stephen_UKHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Let’s hope so!

Over62
Over62Half Marathon

Count me in for the half marathon challenge

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Over62

Excellent! Great to have you in the group 😊

Yes please linda, Id love to join, perfect timing for me, I’m just embarking on building towards my very first HM, sometime, anytime next year. Thank you for the inspiration to come over from the bridge. πŸ€—

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to jorgeRuns

Excellent - welcome aboard! If you've no set date then you have the luxury of being able to take your time! 😊 Check out the pinned posts for more information, let us know how it's going and do ask questions if you have any queries. Most of all, have fun!!!

aliboo70
aliboo70Half Marathon

Great !I like the sound of the Dec distance challenge!!πŸ™‚πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈxxx

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to aliboo70

Brilliant! This one will be a group challenge with an individual element too. Watch this space 😊

Yis please for the 1/2 marathon group!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to May93

Excellent - welcome aboard! Check out the pinned posts for more information if you need it, let us know how it's going and do ask questions if you have any queries. Most of all, have fun and we'll do our best as a group to keep you on track!!!

OnlineTwin
OnlineTwinHalf Marathon

I’m up for a Spring HM! Having completed my first one as part of the Autumn group this year I’m aiming for a Spring, Summer and Autumn one next year, so that would be perfect.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to OnlineTwin

Fabulous, good to have you on board again. Those are great goals for next year πŸ‘

O505k
O505kHalf Marathon

Fab, count me in for the Spring HM. Sadly I didn’t get a place in the LLHM in the ballots.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to O505k

Great to have you on board!!! Shame about LLHM - would you consider a charity place (when I did it two years ago the minimum fundraising amount was very achievable)?

O505k
O505kHalf Marathon in reply to linda9389

Yes, will have a look into the charity places.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to O505k

There should be lots available. I ran with MIND and their support, before, after and during, was lovely!

LadyGault
LadyGault10 Miles

Yes please, HM is the next goal

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to LadyGault

Fabulous, welcome to the group! A very achievable and rewarding goal πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

Speedy60
Speedy60Half Marathon

Hi, count me in please. πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈI've had a half marathon on my to do list since September, but life has got in the way. I've just come out of two weeks self isolation and I've set a goal to achieve it before the end of 2020. I've even contemplated going for it on Christmas day, on the grounds that it will take my mind off not seeing my wonderful family.

I've never entered an event and I'm usually a solitary runner, even before covid, but I love the camaraderie of the online forum and I'm so looking forward to the spring! 🀞🌈

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Speedy60

Fabulous! Great goal πŸ‘Good luck

PurpleFish59
PurpleFish59Half Marathon

I’m in for Spring HM! My event is on 28th Feb, an early one so I’ve technically already started training, but really enjoyed being part of the group last time!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to PurpleFish59

Brilliant! Great to have you again. Which event are you entered for?

PurpleFish59
PurpleFish59Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

Leicestershire half marathon:

leicestershirehalf.com

They have a Covid plan and recently ran a 10K at that venue so I’m hopeful it will go ahead!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to PurpleFish59

Sounds promising 🀞

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Half Marathon

Funny, I was just saying to OH that I feel a bit directionless now! Another HM sounds like just the thing and we are now moving into my favourite months for running (I know - I'm weird ! πŸ™ƒ) Where do I sign....?βœ’οΈπŸ“„πŸ™‚x

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Sandraj39

Aha perfect, that looks very much like a signature to me, consider yourself in! Autumn/winter training does have it's advantages ... BUT ....

Cmoi
CmoiHalf Marathon

Umm. I *think* I'd like to be part of the Spring HM group please, albeit with no target event in mind.

Although I ran my first HM distance five weeks ago, completely unplanned, it feels a million miles away as we got locked down again 12 days later, with exercise limited to 1 hour daily within one km radius of home.

So I'm joining in the hope that lockdown will be lifted by January and that the weather will be favourable! Cold is OK, proper snow would complicate things...

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Cmoi

Brilliant, we'd love to have you! Hopefully January will see the start of better times all round. No need for a target event, a 21.1k goal is all you need to join the group 😊

Could I sign up for the Spring HM group please? I can't believe it's me that's asking, last time I did a real life 10k event I came last πŸ˜… but I really need a challenge to keep me going through the winter.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator

You most certainly can join the group - a very warm welcome to you. A HM is a great goal to keep you running through the winter. Take a look at the pinned posts here for lots of useful information on building up your distance. Remember 10k is still 10k however fast you run - you ran just as far as everyone else and for even longer than them!

Hi Linda, could I join the group please? No event planned I just want have a goal to work towards!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to AndrewJR75

Absolutely - a very warm welcome to you! If you've no set date then you have the luxury of being able to take your time and a HM is a great and very achievable goal! 😊. Take a look at some of the pinned posts, there's lots of helpful info there. Keep posting to let us know how you're getting on - either in your own posts or as part of our weekly chat post. Have fun!

Lordi
LordiMarathon

I'd like to join the spring HM group please πŸ™‚

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Lordi

And we'd love to have you! Great stuff. Do you have an event in mind or just getting back to the distance?

Lordi
LordiMarathon in reply to linda9389

Thanks! No HM event planned at the monent, I just need a target on my way to a planned autumn Tallinn marathon in Estonia. πŸ‘ I might sign-up for a spring event if the Covid situation change for the better.

C3PO
C3POMarathon

Considering I have a marathon at the end of the year, I think I should have no trouble doing the distance challenge.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to C3PO

Yup! I've mentally banked those miles so don't let us down 😊

C3PO
C3POMarathon in reply to linda9389

You haven't opened the challenge yet, have you? I can't see it.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to C3PO

No. roseabi is running the speed challenge for the next four weeks over on Bridge, then we'll do the distance one at the end of December

Last week I wasn't sure about putting my name down for this but today I've been out and done 11.75k my longest run so far. That's the 4th week in a row I've done a 10k+ run so I feel I have more of a chance now πŸ˜ŠπŸƒβ€β™€οΈI'd really like to to get to 10 miles by the early February as that'll be 12 months since starting my running journey. Not sure off it'll happen but fingers crossed 🀞 And after that who knows I may be able to squeeze a few more miles πŸ˜‰πŸ€”

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to dijep

Woohoo! Brilliant. If you're at 11.75 already, you should have absolutely no problem hitting 10 miles by Feb. that will be superb progress in a year 😊. From 10 miles to HM is just another hop - you can do it πŸ‘ Welcome to the group!!!

dijep
dijep in reply to linda9389

Thankyou Linda. At the moment I don't really have a huge desire to do a HM but I remember saying exactly the same about 10k 🀣.I just can't think in miles when I'm running they just seem too long!

Exciting and scary times.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to dijep

I've only worked in miles once, and that was for the marathon. 26 seemed much better than 42!!! I was never going to run 5k as I remember ....

dijep
dijep in reply to linda9389

I've just been trying to write my own plan for the next few weeks. I was thinking of trying to increase my long run by 0.5k each week does that sound a sensible target? So far I've been running twice per week a 5k and the long run. I will try during December running 3 times a week works for me.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to dijep

Yes that sounds OK. Maybe put a cut back week in every fourth week, where your long run is say 8 to 10k. Another approach would be to only run a long run every two weeks, increasing by 1k each time. Again, build in cutback weeks. It really depends how you find it once the long run increases. You can always change approach part way through if you want 😊

dijep
dijep in reply to linda9389

Thanks Linda. I had put in a blank week in at week 5.But as you say I'll need to see how it goes.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to dijep

Still run in your cut back week, but make the runs slower and shorter πŸ˜€

Yes please! I'm doing the Agri5nations challenge in January too so this will be an excellent way to start adding kms to that group (running for Wales)!

That's yes please for Spring hm group πŸ™‚

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Cowladyrunning

Brilliant. Welcome to the group - I'll add you now. It will certainly help yku rack up the miles 😊

Magellan
MagellanMetric Marathon

I plan to do a HM, possibly the Brighton HM, in 2021.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Magellan

Perfect! Shall I add you to the group?

Magellan
MagellanMetric Marathon in reply to linda9389

Ooh, yes please!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Magellan

Then consider yourself in!!!

Magellan
MagellanMetric Marathon in reply to linda9389

Thank you πŸ˜€

Hi, I've just done bridge to 10k & have been thinking about what next - a half marathon seems to be the next logical step. I don't have any specific event that I am targeting.

I was considering using James Dunne's training plan as it focusses quite a lot on strength and conditioning to avoid possible injury:

kinetic-revolution.com/wp-c....

Does anyone have any experience of this plan, on any thoughts/views?

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Charlies1

Hi. Welcome to the group! A half marathon is a really satisfying goal and very achievable if you are running 10k already. I haven't used this plan, but it looks well measured. If you are currently only running three times a week then I would stick with that routine and drop one of the weekly runs in the plan - increasing your mileage volume by too much may well lead to injury. If you meet his three prerequisites then I think you're good to go!!! His plan assumes you have a 'race' and actually takes you beyond HM distance (at a training pace) before the end of the plan. I would suggest you keep checking in with yourself and if you notice any niggles or tightness then maybe add in an extra cut back week before carrying on with the plan (especially as you don't have a fixed event date to work to). Good luck and enjoy!!!

@linda9389 Please can you sign me up for the HM group! I'm not sure yet if I will make the full distance by spring (because of not being always able to commit to runs longer than an hour on the weekend) but I would really like to start on a plan, extend beyond 10k and get tips from those running similar distances without the pressure of a full M! And who knows, maybe by Spring I'll be feeling more confident I can squeeze it in. Would that be ok?

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to NetCadet

Fabulous! Welcome to the group. You will find lots of info in the pinned posts and more to come from the New Year. Several people in the group are aiming for a May half marathon, and you too may hit your Half Marathon by late spring if you want to. No pressure. See how it goes and enjoy the journey 😊

Redcello41
Redcello41Half Marathon

Oooh may I join the hm group?

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Redcello41

You most certainly can RC. We'll be honoured to have you 😊 Are you aiming for a specific event in spring?

Redcello41
Redcello41Half Marathon in reply to linda9389

I just want to get back up to a hm distance because I have lost a lot of fitness over the past few months and I need a plan to get my teeth into :-)

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Redcello41

Sounds good. Go choose your plan!!! Good luck 😊

2718281
2718281Half Marathon

oh!! How did I miss this post?? I'm in for the spring HM, if everything goes well it will be Edimburgh!πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to 2718281

Fabulous! Good to have you back. I'll add you to the list.

Hi Linda and RoseAbi, I'd like to join the group now. November 30th"s achievement for me was the magic 10k in 1:11:31! Looking forward to the challenge and participating in the camaraderie & sharing in this group πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜Ž

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Arbey48

Hi there! A very warm welcone to this forum and to the spring HM goup. Take a look at the pinned posts for lots of info on extending your distance. As you're new to 10k, do be sure to find a plan that doesn't increase your weekly mileage too quickly from your current base. Regularly 'check in' with your body to be sure to spot any niggles early and take appropriate action - we want to keep you off the IC, especially as distances increase 😊. Do ask questions and let us know how you're getting on, either in the weekly chat posts or in posts if your own. Most of all though, have fun!!!

Hi!

I am not sure I qualify. I have not been running as much since I graduated 5k in August, longest distance so far is 6k. I was planning to reactivate my running following Juju's 10k plan (starting tomorrow) and follow by trying to train for a half marathon in late Spring. My running budy and I will be in the same country again from February and plan to train together for the half marathon.

I would love to be in the group even though I might have to start the training some weeks after it starts (Once I have finished the 10k plan).

What do you think? Too ambitious?

Thank you!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Ballesta

Hi and a very warm welcome to this forum! To be honest, I think a spring half marathon is an ambitious challenge for someone who is currently running 6k. Too ambitious? well that's an altogether different question πŸ˜€. Dream big, but remain aware. We recommend that you should be comfortable running 10k before starting a half marathon plan, and that plan will usually take at least 12 weeks, so late spring is a bit tight, but not impossible. Give it a shot; join the group, see how you go, listen carefully to your body and never be afraid to adjust the plan if it becomes too much. Take a look at the pinned posts on how to prepare for a half marathon and you'll be good to start once you've finished your 10k plan! I'll add you to the list now, good luck and have fun!

Ballesta
Ballesta in reply to linda9389

Thank you very much, Linda! I will do as you say. Maybe I will be behind the rest, but it still motivates me to have that long term goal 😊

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to Ballesta

Absolutely! Everyone will be at different stages (I'm currently on the IC and will have to go back to short runs when i can get going again) and we can all gain inspiration and support form each other wherever we are at!!!

SkiMonday
SkiMondayMetric Marathon

Hi Linda, Roseabi

Can I join the spring HM group please? I'm thinking of joining to chat about running and pick up some tips on the way.

My target is the Bath HM in September and I'm aiming to do it in under 2 hours. I've power walked an HM (in under 3 hours) and I completed a virtual HM on Strava in August (still waiting for the medal) but I've never actually run in a "real" HM. My current PB (set last month) is 2 hours 7 minutes so, I think I should comfortably reach my target in the 9 months I have to get ready.

Might add in some other events on the way, I really don't know atm.

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to SkiMonday

You certainly can! That's a great target to aim for too.

TailChaser
TailChaserHalf Marathon

And this is why my name is so appropriate...

Hello, bit late to sign up but count me in. Thanks. πŸ˜ƒ

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to BiskyBat

Hi , welcome!!! I will add you to the half marathon group. Do you have a specific event in mind or maybe would just like to build to HM distance? The latest group post can be found here healthunlocked.com/marathon... That post also has links to all the previous posts. Following roseabi and myself should ensure you receive notification of any new posts. Let us know how your training is going, how far you are into it, by commenting on the latest posts.

BiskyBat
BiskyBat in reply to linda9389

Hello, I’ve signed up for the Hackney Half on 16 May and have decided to follow one of the Great Runs plans (thanks @roseabi).

Feeling slightly trepidatious but excited too.

Good to be part of the group!

linda9389
linda9389Administrator in reply to BiskyBat

Fantastic! I'll add the event to the list too 😊

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