Cardiff Half Marathon

Bring it on!!

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20/02/2006 at 19:12
My time was 2.15hrs last year i want to beat 2 hours this year any tips??
20/02/2006 at 19:18
Run faster.

Seriously, get started on your endurance work now, get your long run up to fifteen miles and do at least three other runs in the week, one of which should be about half as long as the weeks longest run. Do the longest run at your comfortable pace, do the middle length run slightly faster and do one of the shorter runs quite fast. You need to be running 9.09 minute miles for a 2 hour finish. Once you've got the endurance sorted start running that longer run more quickly. Vary the length of your long run, don't think you have to do 15 every week, do some 10s and 12s as well but do one 15 every month. Build in speedwork on the shorter runs, try fartlek of 4-5 miles once per week.

Endurance then speed, that's the key.
20/02/2006 at 20:05
What Dragon said.
Mrs Viking    pirate
22/03/2006 at 21:27
Just finished Liverpool half this weekend in 2 hrs 57, looking to get down to under 2:45 think this might be the race for me!

Best get entered then hadnt I?
29/03/2006 at 16:14
Should I or shouldn't I? My last (and only) half was the Sydney half in sept (ooh, look at me!), I did 2:25 but it nearly killed me due to lack of training.

The question is, if I enter will it motivate me enough to get off my backside and get out there? What do you all reckon?
Mrs Viking    pirate
29/03/2006 at 17:48
Go for it smash, I always feel more motivated to train once I have entered a race!
29/03/2006 at 18:00
Just in case you weren't already there's already a pretty active Cardiff Half thread.


30/03/2006 at 09:07
well, I'm convinced! Just paid for it - now all I have to do is formulate a training plan - this is always a good way to put off the actual training!
30/05/2006 at 17:29
Hi everyone just wondering whether to enter! Is it flat, challenging or a killer!I did Tewkesbury in 2 hrs 7 mins & need to do another half to keep my motivation up!
30/05/2006 at 18:43
It's a pancake with a few slight ripples.

As multi says, there is another thread for marathon/half-marathon with a lot more info on it.

26/06/2006 at 23:20
Help!! I need motivation. Agreed to do the half marathon with my sister who found out the week after we entered she was pregnant and due on October 11th!!

Never entered a half marathon before and am still trying to run without having to walk every 5 mins. Any tips would be gratefully received. Have been running(and walking) about 1 mile every 1-2 weeks so its really dire I need help and fast, times running out....without me!!
28/06/2006 at 15:52
Have never done any distance over 10miles, but was thinking of maybe entering this.....

Am currently doing between 20 and 30 miles a week, usually with a 10km at the weekend...(in under an hour)

thoughts anyone?
28/06/2006 at 15:55
DO it!

my LSR is 10 miles. im doing it. go figure.

KP do the run walk shedule and build up FAST.

do a 10k in august
28/06/2006 at 16:08
Thanks TT......

04/07/2006 at 14:25
My first (and only) HM was Cardiff 2005. I did it in 1h 34m, I did not follow any "structured" training program. I woul love to break the 1h 30m barrier. Where would I find a plan to suite me and my desired time.

Age 36
05/07/2006 at 19:42
Geraint: Runners world have an article. Try this:
Good luck. I'm hoping for sub 1:40
06/07/2006 at 16:48
Thanks TomP,

Good Luck too!

I have decided to do some training runs to lead up to it.

Sunday, 6 August 2006 - Brecon 10Mile
Monday, 28 August 2006 - Machen Mountain Run 10K
Sunday, 3 September 2006 - HSBC City of Cardiff 10K
Sunday, 24 September 2006 - Admiral Swansea Bay 10K

Then ...
Sunday, 15 October 2006 - Cardiff Half Marathon

Anybody else doing this too?

19/07/2006 at 17:54
Won't be doing that many races leading up to Cardiff-half. Races in August kinda scare me heat wise. I will be doing the Cardiff 10k in Sept, though. Sounds like a pretty big race. Would consider Swansea too.....
08/08/2006 at 14:39
Hi - in need of advice. I'm doing a half marathon training plan that is suited for people aiming to get a sub 2:10 time. I've worked out that I'll finish it roughly 6 weeks before the actual HM event so is it worth me starting a new programme (which I won't be able to finish in time)training for a faster HM or making up my own training sessions? If the latter..any suggestions on what I can do to improve? Thanks people :)
10/08/2006 at 13:41

are you doing any races leading up to the 1/2 mara? I am also going for a sub 2:10 time but unlike you have not been as disciplined with training programme. Doing the 10k Cardiff - couldn't not really as the start line is a short walk from my flat!
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