Archive - April 5, 2015

Can You Run a Half-Marathon Without Training?

I’ll save you the suspense. Yes, you can run a half-marathon without training for it.

A friend of mine is training for a marathon, and the two of us had agreed to run the E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon in Lincroft, New Jersey. Though my friend is significantly faster than I am even on my best day, I wanted to support his efforts, because he was a big supporter of mine when I was in marathon-training mode a year ago.

My friend Dan and I before the race.

My friend Dan and I before the race.

The problem was, I didn’t train for it.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve maintained my fitness over the winter. But the weather has limited my outdoors time, and piriformis syndrome kept me from running for a while. In the first two months of 2015, I’d logged 65 miles total — that’s about 8 per week. Not optimal when you’re looking to go 13.1.

Nonetheless, I decided to give it a go. I …

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