Ran my first half marathon
I did Silverstone yesterday and it was pretty warm out. It certainly took me by surprise.
First, congratulations, you finished even though it hurt. that deserves some praise.
Second, I agree with Cougie, you need to be regularly running over distance in order to build up the stamina. Keep these runs at a steady pace, slower than race pace, they should be long but you didn't ought to be hurting as much as you probably do today. Maybe cycle them 10, 12, 13, 14 repeat, varying the distance and having some harder and easier weeks.
Third - in order to run faster, you have to run faster. That means doing some shorter distance speed work. Personally, that's the bit I can't do by myself, but I go to a club for that session each week. Something about being a group, peer pressure, being urged on, what ever it is, means I will push.
I don't claim to know the specifics, but it has seemed to me that having found I can run faster over short distances, the speed over the long distances also creeps up. Maybe it's knowing you can push just that bit further and survice. But make sure you've got the mileage base to keep the stamina up.
Just to show I know what you're going through, last year I ran my first half at Silverstone, in 2:37. This year I took 20 minutes off that and I'm sure it would have been 1 or 2 more in slightly cooler conditions.
Good luck at Stratford.
Congratulations on your first half Abby! Did my first on Sunday too.
I also run 11-12 minute miles in training, and my longest training run was 11.3 miles. I found on the day that running with a faster friend meant I pushed myself and managed to keep up more easily than I had thought I would. There's a lot to be said for doing speed work with other people, I can't tell my pace on my own and don't go fast enough.
For these reasons, I'm going to join a club - why not have a look at your local one(s)?
Don't be disheartened with your time - it was hot on Sunday when you weren't expecting it and it was your first HM, 2:55 isn't bad at all and you'll be able to better it next time.
Well done Abby.
The fact your first race was a half deserves some credit. For me running is all about steady improvement over a period of time. You have a benchmark to aim at now and I am sure you will get quicker at your next half. Then you can challenge yourself to beat that.
There would be no fun if you ran your best half in your first race and could never get near that time again.
There is some great advice above regarding training also.
Well done and all the best at Stratford.
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