As Andy said, 11 miles in training is the longest run that most plans would suggest. For my first half marathon I didn't go over 11 miles in training, as it added to the "special" nature of my first HM event that it was the first time I'd achived that distance.
If you are following a plan from a website/book etc, the amount of running should reduce over the next two weeks (commonly referred to as the "taper"). If your not following a prescribed plan, then reduce the distance of your runs by 10% two weeks before, and then reduce by 20% in the final week, so if you normally run 5 miles on a Weds you'd do 4.5 miles next week, and then 4 miles in the week before the race. This will give your body some time to build up its energy reserves for the big day.
Also remember the old training adage that it takes two weeks for the effect of training to become apparent in your performance - so don't be tempted to try and squeeze more "quality" training into the last couple of weeks, as it will not improve your race performance (and in many case would reduce it).
me too 1st half is 28th october. really excited to get some more distance, furthest ive done so far is 9.6 miles but i ran out of road lol
I'm also training for my first half marathon. Mine is in 4 weeks and I'm terrified I won't be ready. My longest run so far is 7 miles but I'm planning on doing 9miles for my long run this week. I'm actually more worried about getting my head in the right place because I've had a few setbacks in my personal life these last few weeks and I constantly doubt myself. How do you stay positive and focussed?
Don't push it in the last 2 weeks, realx, keep the legs turining over, do a couple of shortish runs at planned race pace, to get your head around the correct pace, but don't knacker yourself, as stutry said- you won't gain much rom the stuf you do in the last 2 weeks, and you need to be resting. If you can make it to 10 miles OK on race day, you'll finish- adrenaline will pull you through, and a few days rest before race day will help.
my longest run before my first HM was 11miles which was 2 weeks before it, then I tapered, save your legs, you will find that the adrenalin, the whole experience and the crowd support and the runners support will take you through it
do abit of swimming or cycling now too that will help and yes eating properly will also help Dont forget to carb load the night before and have a breakfast such as porridge is good to help you on the morning of the marathon
Incidentally which HM are you doing? You might find there will be other people there from RW, i have met loads of runners off here and thats also a massive boost to help you
Jess, I had never run a half marathon before last Saturday and have done 2 now. All I can say is have a couple of days rest before the race and just do a bit of stretching. had only run 11 miles before my first half and that was about three weeks before.
The advice I was given was that if you can run between 9 and 11 miles you will finish the race with all the adrenaline and the crowd pushing you on. The most important thing is enjoy it as I have loved every minute of the two I have done in the last 8 days.
Best of luck BL259
You've done plenty Jess, enjoy your taper and relax! You will hopefully really enjoy your first HM. 12 miles long run is plenty, and it proves you can definitely do it. Aint nothing stopping you doing that last mile!
So glad you got to 12 miles. Looking forward to hearing how you've done. I completed 9 miles last week on my long run and I'm going for 11 this week. If I manage that I'll be really pleased. 3 weeks to go for me. Cannot believe I actually signed up to do this and have stuck with it - I tend not to stick with things. Terrified but so much want to do this.
Good luck Jess and thanks to everyone else for your advice x
Well done Jess, thats fantastic.... hopefully youre still buzzing. Thanks for the appreciation, i'd love to claim some of the credit but a few words on the page are nothing in comparison to the hours of training and commitment youve put in!
I like the reference to 'next time'... and you could always give a marathon a go!
Good luck the others who've still got theirs to do as well...
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