GULP just entered my first half marathon

feeling sick now!

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28/10/2008 at 16:40
Well, I did it. I have just entered the Bentwood half marathon in March next year. Feeling very sick as 13 and a bit miles is a long way and so far i've only managed to run 8. But then I figure that in feb this year I could only run for 30 seconds so I've come a long way since then and there are still nearly 5 months to go.................... GULP
28/10/2008 at 16:47

Easy peasy Julia  

Good luck! 

28/10/2008 at 16:55

You'll manage no sweat Julia - you've already got a good base to build on. I've signed up for my first half too - doing the Paris half also in March and starting to panic a bit - I did the Great South Run on Sunday and had absolutely nothing left in the tank by the end so need to find those extra few miles from somewhere.

Good luck with the race and enjoy.

28/10/2008 at 18:55

hey Julia

 Snap = this will be my first too

28/10/2008 at 19:06

March ahh

well now - if you keep nicely training , you'll simply hammer it - How's about a shorter race before

good luck - PMA - and keep hydrated  

28/10/2008 at 20:01
You can manage 8 already and you are worried about March?.....Don't!  I tell you, some people don't even run as far as 8 in prep for a half....you will be fine!
Iron Pingu    pirate
29/10/2008 at 12:14
What Redpanda said
29/10/2008 at 12:19

26 years ago next march I entered my first half marathon - it was Brentwood - three weeks after entering it I ran it - I was 23 at the time and hadn't done any excercise since leaving school - but I still got round -

Brentwood is a great little race - (although the course has altered slightly since then) but I went on to run it many times after that - as you are already on 8 miles you'll be fine - maybe increase your long run to 10 to build stamina.

Good luck 

29/10/2008 at 18:02

Congratulations on making that decision, Julia!

March 2009?  Loadsa time!!!   You've got a good base to build up on, as others have said, some people run half maras without even having completed anywhere near 8 miles in training!

I'd actually recommend trying to get further than 10 miles in training before running the race.  The closest you can get to the actual distance, the more comfortable you'll feel on the day - say, 11 or 12 miles (I actually got up to 14 before my first half, with the intention of making the actual distance seem 'easy' in comparison).   You have plenty of time to still increase your mileage by 10 % per week and get up to this sort of distance.  Focus on distance and increasing your endurance and 'time-spent-on-feet' first, before worrying about speed (although given how far you're already running, a little variation to the types of run you do probably wouldn't hurt).

As Mick suggests, it might be worth entering the odd shorter, local race to gauge your performance in the run-up to the big event, and also to get used to races, what happens, how it all works and how it all feels.

Anyways, the best of luck with it - I'm sure you'll be just fine.

LP xx 

29/10/2008 at 20:26

You'll find it a breeze. Just increase your distance a little at a time and you'll be there easy peasy.

Oh and do follow the advice about running some trial races as part of your training, It'll teach you how to deal with nerves, warm ups, cool downs, stretching, post race recovery. When you come to run your half it will be a breeze, you'll enjoy it so much more.

Stop fretting and start enjoying. You've set yourself a realistic achievable goal. Great.

All the best.

29/10/2008 at 21:52

Thankyou for all the encouragement everyone! I have done a few 5k races already and am running the Billericay 10k on Sunday. I plan to gradually up my long run by a little bit each week and hopefully manage 14+ miles at least once so it seems easier .............as you say Lady Pineapple.

I feel much better now i've actually entered.............."I'm running the Brentwood half you know" rather than, "I'm thinking about......blah blah" !

OOhh la la Doric Lass, Paris sounds very cosmopolitan! Do you go past the Eiffel tower?

Where's yours Icclesuez?

And thankyou everyone else, although I get nervous at the start of races I get sssssssooooooooooo excited too! Just to be there is awesome

29/10/2008 at 21:54

Julia, you'll be great.  Just keep on doing what you're doing.  Brentwood's a great race.

See you Sunday

30/10/2008 at 10:19
Julia

Looks like we're both be doing our first halfs in March 2009!

Some brilliant advice from other posters which I'm taking on board too.

Good luck with your training,I'm finding that I'm even more focussed now I've entered!



Edited: 30/10/2008 at 10:20
30/10/2008 at 16:25

Me too, I thought i'd be even more nervous but now i've taken the plunge i can't wait to start building up the miles.

Ultra Kazzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah i've just seen your post on the Billericay 10k thread, hope you feel better soon. I'm no 50 on sunday so say hello if you decide to run and spot me! I'm expecting a time around 80 mins though so you may have gone home by time i get back!

30/10/2008 at 16:30
I expect I'll be there Julia.  Having raced each of the last five weekends it'll feel odd not to!!  I'm 401. 
30/10/2008 at 17:20

Hmmm .....as old as that and still running eh? Are you in the Guiness Book of records?

Only jesting of course - i'll look keep an eye out for you

30/10/2008 at 17:22

How rude Susiebe, I didn't ask where your first half is?

30/10/2008 at 17:24
Well I have got the dreaded red cross on my number!!
30/10/2008 at 19:06
Julia

Its the Reading Half marathon on March 29th.Is yours before mine?

I live near Oxford so Reading is quite close.It will be funny running around it as I've only ever been there shopping before!

The finish is in the Majaski stadium which is where the football team play,people say the support and atmosphere at the end is great,just hope I'm in a fit state to enjoy it!

30/10/2008 at 19:14
susie, Reading was my first half many moons ago!  Not done the new course but it's another good one for a first timer.
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