Couch Potato To Half Marathon in 6 Weeks – Can I Do It

Been trying a challenge that is a bit out of my norm lately. I am training for a half marathon. The 17th annual Indianapolis Marathon is coming up in October, and I decided it might be a good idea to do the half marathon. I have never been a runner but I have biked many 20-40 mile rides in the past. Though lately I have been a little out of shape, so why not try a new challenge.


Just for some perspective I am 5′ 11″ 218lbs with about 29% body fat according to my scale (hope that isn’t very accurate). I have always been built pretty well from growing up in construction work and working out but college ruined that and blessed me with a beer gut.

6 Weeks to Train For a Half Marathon

Going from somewhat of a couch potato to a half marathon in 6 weeks is likely crazy. Most of what I found online said that it can’t be done or at least shouldn’t be done. I however, really want to do it and so I looked over a bunch of different training plans for 10-12+ week half marathon routines, and ended up coming up with my own. I am aware that I can hurt myself so I am attempting to use caution. And I by no means plan to be first, I just want to do it.

I am starting this blog a little behind as I am already one week down and at the end of my first week I ran my first 5k(ish) in 31 minutes. To stay in the half marathon I will have to be able to do 13.1 miles with a 17:00min/mile pace. Which is pretty slow moving but for someone that isn’t in great shape it is still a lot of moving. To give you some basics for now I started out small and I am trying to work up slowly to be able to run 10 miles without stopping or with very little walking. I figure if I can do 10, then I can do 13.1 even if I have to walk the last 3. In one week I am down about 4lbs 2.4% body fat and can already tell a big difference from the first mile that I ran to the 3 miles that I ran 2 days ago.

  • 40 a runner?

    So… Did you do it? If so, how did you do? I want to attempt a half for my 40th birthday with only 6 weeks to train. Can it be done? If so, how?

    • Oh man, Sorry about not responding I have been away from this blog a while. Yes I did. My goal was under 2 hours and 30 minutes and I got 2 hours 28 minutes and some change.

      Furthest we ran before the actually half was only about 4.5 miles