I'm fairly new to running and am looking for some advice please
I'm a 34 year old male and have been running for around 8 months
I've entered the Silverstone Half Marathon this March (2012) as something to focus on. I've never entered an event before and don't know any other runners to get help from, so any hints, tips or advice anyone can offer would be much appreciated
I guess I would be classed as a beginner. I currently run 3 or 4 times a week at varying distances: 3.5 miles, 6 miles and have just started doing a longer 9 mile run. Times are around 3.5 miles = 28 minutes, 6 miles = 48 minutes and 9 miles = 75 minutes
Things in particular:
What overall time should I be aiming for?
What times should I be looking to hit different mile marks at?
Any advice for the day itself, ie when and what to eat (race is at 12 noon)? What to do to prepare? stretches? What to wear? What time to arrive? etc etc
Any equipment/clothing (at the moment I run in regular canvas running shoes, a long sleeve top, thermal top, regular sports shorts and a beanie type hat and gloves) recommendations? Is it advisable to use a pedometer type device, to measure times/distances/pace etc?
Any training advice? How many days before the event should my last run be? How many miles should I be aiming for in training?
Do the majority of people raise money for a charity at these events?
Any general running advice?
Or anything that anyone thinks may help my first half marathon and running in general to be a good experience
Many thanks in advance
I am doing the Silverstone HM its my first been running around 6 months. I have been gradually creeping my mileage up and did my first 10 miles a couple of weeks ago
Not sure I can offer any advice as I am as new as you I have already done a few shorter races and doing a 10K this sunday Its a good way to get you use to running with others etc so i would recommend maybe entering something before the HM
The most important item is your trainers, you say you have canvas trainers???? what exactly are they? I had my gait analysis done by Sweatshop and bought a pair of Asics, they have been great since day one
Also I have joined 2 running clubs and they have helped me loads with distance/speed and just generally gaining confidence
Don't worry to much about time, just go and enjoy it
In the training tab at the top of the page there are a number of training plans for the half marathon.
these will include details of winding your training down before the race (tapering).
If you are finishing your 9 mile training run with 'something left in the tank', its reasonable to presume you should be able (with some more training) to cover the half marathon distance at at least that pace. In practice most peoples race pace is quicker than their training pace. At the moment your 9 mile run (assuming that the distance is roughly accurate), is covered in 75 minutes, which is just over 8.5 minute miling.
You should aim for an even pace on race day.
Ensure you eat well (but don't pig out) the night before, again no special requriements for breakfast but if you can practice beforehand with breakfast and then a run at midday you can find what works for you (or what doesn't in terms of needing the toilet). If you're planning on taking the Lucozade they hand out on course try this out in your training runs before the event- some people can't get on with it at all (although you should be OK on just taking water).
Aim to arrive early (10:30), getting in to the course is not too difficult, but the car parks are a long way from the baggage storage and start. You might want some old clothing or a bin bag to wear while you wait for the start to keep you warm, but which you can then ditch (off the running track) just before the start.
I'd echo Booey on the footwear, get yourself to a running specialist.
Some raise money for charity, but most won't.
Edit: x-post with NR
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