One Month Left to Train for a Half Marathon
Hello, I'm running in the Rock 'n Roll 1/2 Las Vegas in one month. I recently got sick with bronchitis and couldn't run for 3 weeks. I was only up to 5 miles at that point.
With only 4 1/2 weeks left to train, what is the recommended training schedule?
It's my first half, and my goal is to finish in the alotted time.
Any advice is welcome.Answer by Dominique:
Thanks for your question about your upcoming half marathon.
I am not sure how much is provided to finish this, three hours maybe?
Whatever it is, you are severely underprepared, even without the bronchitis.
Under ideal circumstances you do quite a few runs of 90 minutes and over to get to the starting line.
A valid option is to pull out completely and pick out a half marathon in 3-5 months, do some more training in order to get properly prepared and then run that one.
Follow the link to find my beginner's half marathon running program
, which assumes that people can run a 10k already.
Still want to do this one? Then make sure you get in all the running and exercise you can get until the race. Do run/walks in order to be able to go further.
I wouldn't worry too much about taper as you haven't had a structured training program anyway, but you should of course take it easy the last 2-3 days before the race.
In the race itself, take a run/walk approach as well.
I am not saying you should not do it or that you can't finish this. But it will be a tough gig.
Best of luck.