If you are slower than 1:35 then people will point and laugh.I have to say that isn't true, really. An acceptable time is whatever you are capable of. Don't worry about what other people do.
Meldy! You're even meaner than me!
Actually, I think first timers should go slower, otherwise it gives the impression running is easy ..
And wear a big red L plate, so everone knows you're a learner & have a chance to wind you up a bit,and of course, a green P for the next 6 races.
Brian - less than 1:12 and you can probably start making a living from it (or at least get lots of free kit) ... more than 3:30 and you might be walking. Anything in between is normally OK. Take a look at the results for last year, and see the range.
(Although my first ever half is still my best time, it's all been slower since then. But I got very close Sunday ...if it wasn't for that headwind in the last 2 miles, or those hills, or....)
Well as we are in the beginners section I though I may have got a few replies from beginners saying that in their first they did it in x time or y time but never mind!
My longest run during training was 12.5 miles in 1min 50secs but this was at a pace that I knew I could get round in to get mileage under my belt. Only really managed one long run a week on top of playing football with a couple of missed weeks of training end of March.
AllNewTB wrote (see)
You did 12.5 miles in 1 min, 50 sec? Are you a whippet? A jaguar? Do you have a jet pack?
That's not a jet pack ! That's a teleport device. I want one !
Brian Cohen wrote (see)
If you are after stats - mine was in 1 hour 48 mins. Like you I did one "longer" run a week (10+ miles) and a couple of shorter runs (4-7 miles). I reckon you will find that running in a race will improve your time somewhat as you will get "drawn along" by other runners around you.
As everyone will point out comparisons are of limited value - age and gender are the most obvious factors to effect time but there are probably lots of other things that can have an effect (judging by other threads, even down to what you had for breakfast !)
Hope you enjoy it, get hooked and, as Peter Collins rightly says, once you have a first time you will have a target to beat in the next one !
Oh - and I forgot to say that in training my times were similar to yours ( that is half marathon distance in about 1hour 55)
Brian - the other warning is that most races have at least a few 'suspect' mile markers, and are often not exactly the right distance. So keep an open mind as to how you're doing and (depending on which race you're doing) expect plus or minus 1/4 mile on the distance.
My race times are always far better than training (although I can't walk for 2 days afterwards) - I think most people tend to push harder than training - there's always someone else to chase. Watch out for taking the first miles too quickly and blowing up before the end.
And as others have said - sorry for any gently ribbing, have fun & remember the purpose is to enjoy it.*or at least enjoy finishing
You've got no worries with the distance and really shouldn't go all out to smash your training time. Have an idea how you feel your training will compare to the route for the HM - if there are a few hills to contend with and you only train on the flat, you could end up running a little slower.
For my first HM I aimed to run under 2 hours and was a little light on the training and missed it by a couple of minutes. Now 2 minutes improvement will put me under 1.45.
If you set yourself more than one target ie sub 1.50 and sub 2, you can still feel you have achieved a goal if you finish in 1.59. Your second target could even be getting around.
Whatever happens - good luck and enjoy setting your PB as it will be a time you want to beat next time.
Plymouthrob, I'm also doing my first half at the end of the month, guessing you're doing the plymouth one too!! I'm getting a bit nervous now. I would love to finish in under 2 but realistically I'm going for 2.10 as I know I'm capable of steady 10 min/mile. I think I've now come round to thinking that this will be my first and very memorable experience and will give me a time to work from and (hopefully) get quicker in future halfs.
Maybe we all have the tendency to beat ourselves up too much. I'm worrying about not being 10 mins quicker but in reality, running for 13 miles is a massive achievement when I couldnt even run a mile a year ago. I should just be happy with a finish.
I should but.....
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