This may come as a shock to you but I would not worry about paceing yourself for about the first 3 miles of this run, unless you are near the front of the pack, as It gets quite crowded and their are a lot of run/walkers that insist on starting as close to the front as possible, and they will get in your way. (been there done it)
Anyway good luck on your race times and keep us informed.
First of all - well done for starting and for running your first 5 miles!
Nope, there will still be lots of others around you I'm sure. Your fitness will improve over the next few weeks and the taper will certainly help you to feel strong on the day.
Yes your times are likely to improve - you're only training at the moment, 9 weeks to go yet! Your long runs SHOULD be slower than you want the run the half marathon anyway, don't forget that you're also running in the week and have tired legs.
Perhaps you're consuming more calories because you're running? Common mistake is to eat more or feel like you deserve a treat because you've been running or working out. Yes you're body does need more but I recommend that you find a calorie intake calculator online and follow that. My Fitness Pal app is pretty good for tracking what you've eaten and burnt off
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