Well my calf seems to be getting better so I'm going to look for a hm to train for.
It's got to be off road and hilly.
I would like to do Seaford again, I came 3rd vet lady first and only time I ran it but it's the day after South Downs relay - don't think I could do both.
That leaves Milland in Aug, though not a half mara or Firle or Pilgrims in Sept / Oct.
Just four weeks to go to the Steyning Stinger now. Finished my first race of the year yesterday - the Chichester 10K in 61 minutes. It was a tough enough run after a stop-start training month through December/January, so I'm happy(ish).
Now ... If anyone has any advice I'd appreciate it. I'm going from road to a x-country/trail race in four weeks time - my top distance (ever) is 11 miles on-road, 9 miles off-road, and the Stinger is (obviously) a HM.... so, it's a stretch for me.
So, given the 'taper' the week before the race, I've effectively got three weeks left to train for this. I'd appreciate any advice. My brother (who has run a few HM's and M's) has suggested that I should concentrate solely on LSR's over the next three weeks on varying terrain. In other words, forget speedwork as I'm not aiming to win the race (as-if), just to finish the damn thing in one-piece/reasonable shape.
Take care all!
Agree. Forget any idea of speed work.
Do shorter hilly runs. Steyning is very hilly - the hm has 2 or 3 big hills and lots of ascent / decent. What has your training been to date. What has been your longest run this year?
Personally I'd just run off road. If you are near the downs I'd run there. You may find it useful to add some hill work - just hill undulations. A short hilly route that is approx a mile long that you can run 3 or 4 times with a rest between each circuit. No need to go at it hammer and tongs, just work at a steady pace.
Where are you based?
Hi Spartakrunner, I am going to be doing my first half ( Hastings) in 6 weeks. It looks like your training is going really well!
I have been doing some parkrun 5ks as some short speed runs to try and work on my speed mixed with some long runs (10/12miles). The race I am doing has quite a bit of incline to say the least, the first 6/7miles are all upward bound, so I have been putting in some good hill training or trying too!
I am begining to worry about it too, I worry I may become overwhelmed by the whole event , as I never thought I would ever get to this point!
Sharon. Just take it easy.
A lot of people use Hastings as a pb course so it will be a fast start. try not to get caught up in this.Start out slowly. Remember that once that hill is out of the way there is a nice down hill and a flat finish. Once you are over the hill you can assess how much is left in the tank and how hard you can push. Hold something back for the finish so that you can 'sprint' across the line. Not that it will effect your time but it feels so good.
I may go for a hilly run later this week and see how it feels. I have always wanted to run Steyning. I mat enter on the day and use it as a training run.
looking at the hill profile. it undulates for the first 8.5 miles with the longest ascent being between 3 and 5.5 miles. A long downhill between 8 and 11 miles then flat.
Total ascent 237m / 778'
Having a varied profile helps to keep the race interesting.
And slippery. glad I did my hills on Weds.
Hope it's stopped raining by next Weds.
Well done ! That is a great time
Starting to feel a bit nervous... what training did you do the week before BB ??
Just under two weeks to my half here, and feeling fairly well.
Had a bit of blip in training a few weeks back, a 12 mile steady run took a bit out of me (not carbed up, and forgot my drinks container, I think) so had to ease off on the milage a bit.
Think I'm getting back on track again, did a 10k on Sunday which was a very hilly course, and loved it. Was treating it as a warmup to the 1/2 marathon, trying to run it according to my target 1/2M pace to see if I could do it, or needed readjust it down a bit (am aiming for either 1.40 or 1.45, having done it in 1.50 in 2009) So, if I coulnd't do 10k in 1.40 pace, not much chance of doing 21k.
Was nervous as even the 1.40 pace for 10k would be close to my previous pb for 10k, so was thinking I'd bitten off too much. As it happens, the hills made pacing keeping nigh impossible, as the paces went all over the place with uphills and downhills, so just kept an eye on pace in the few places it was flat. My hill work must have paid off, as I loved the hills, and made up more time downhill than lost going up, so came home comfortably under my 1/2 marathon target pace, and bet my 10k pb in the process
So, in the last week of training, just doing some steady miles mostly to keep legs moving, and looking forward to two weeks time
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