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Running A Half Marathon With No Training

I have done a lot of stupid things in my life. This weekend, I will add one more thing to that list: running a half-marathon with no training.

When I signed up for the Virginia Beach Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon a long time ago, I had every intention of training throughout the summer and being ready to run an awesome race. Then I got really busy at work and completely neglected my training. Once things got less busy at work, I never really picked up the training again. I think I've been on exactly two runs since my last event (the Krispy Kreme Challenge last February) -- about 3 miles each time.

This is not the way to train for a long distance run.

I checked the information about the course, and they're planning on keeping it open for four hours. That means a pace of about 18 minute miles will let me complete the course before they close it. I'm pretty sure I can walk at that pace (or better) for four hours, so that's my back-up plan.

If you really want to track my progress during the race, you can do so at Competitor Wireless, but it'll cost you $2. Let me save you $2: I'm going to be slow, near the end, and work my hardest to make sure I finish. I'll probably tweet when I'm done. Heck, maybe I'll tweet throughout the race, so just follow my twitter feed instead.

Whatever happens, I'll be seeing the Black Crowes after the race Sunday night. That'll be fun.



Sep. 10th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
How'd it go?
Hey Greg,

How did the half marathon go? I'm getting ready to do my yearly 10 km race this weekend with little to no training as well.

Sep. 11th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Re: How'd it go?
It went well -- better than I expected. I actually tweeted as I went. I'll write up a more full report here in my LJ when I get home from vacation next week. After doing the half, I decided that I can do a 10k with no training (very slow, though) if I want, but a half was pushing it.

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