1:30 (ish) Half Marathon??

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18/06/2012 at 23:29
Charlotte,I ran a 1.28 HM as part of running my first marathon this year. Similar advice to above. I did run my tempo runs further - building them up to 6 miles + warm up / cool down. In addition a few of the long runs were overrun (up to 16 miles).
In the build up the max weekly mileage was 40.
I always had the long run set in my mind as the priority.
I think I put too much emphasis on intervals, and not enough on doing a good tempo run.
19/06/2012 at 00:42
Surrey Runner wrote (see)


See below -


I have a mere GFA marathon time, it is much harder to get a Championship time.


There is no such thing as a "mere GFA"

Also-ran yes a good tempo run done once a week is a sure way of pushing back your LT. They are hard though, so often people opt for intervals, that atleast allow a break no matter how brief. A six mile tempo is very good though.

Oh i do like proper running convo's

19/06/2012 at 09:25

Good shout on the tempo runs.  Mix them up a bit as well, so that you can work around your target HM pace.  So you might start off with 3 miles @ proper threshold pace (somewhere between HM and 10k) but over a few weeks work up the distances, whilst easing off the pace.  Being able to manage 6/7 miles at target HM pace would be a good indicator and obviously good for getting used to what the pace actually feels like.

Surrey Runner wrote (see)




"Please check back at the end of July for full detail of how to apply and the closing dates."

Ooh, the big teases.  A couple of weeks ago that said "Please check back at the end of May..."  Somebody's slacking!

19/06/2012 at 10:30

Thanks again for all the advice/suggestions/encouragement it's all much appreciated

I will take it all on board and see where I am after my 10k in August!

25/11/2012 at 17:36

Well I did it (sub 1:30) - 1:29:22  Really pleased as conditions were awful - 30mph wind. Followed the RW sub 1:30 HM schedule and it worked. Now looking to join a club in the new year and hopefully improve. Thanks again for the advice 


26/11/2012 at 09:15
Excellent effort. At my club there is only one current woman member who has done under 1 30 for a half. Unless you join one of the really large clubs you will be one of the fastest women.
26/11/2012 at 10:34

Top bombing!! 

26/11/2012 at 10:51

Closure on this type of thread is a rare thing to be enjoyed.  Well done.


26/11/2012 at 12:10

Hey Charlotte, just lurking and have to say that is a fantastic achievement - I ran Norwich yesterday too and the conditions were absolutely brutal and I'd guess most people were 2-3 mins down on the times they expected so you can definitely go even faster in the future. Well done!

26/11/2012 at 12:19

Thanks guys

Surry Runner - The club I'm think of joining is the largest in the area and has beginners through to internationals so there will be plenty faster than me which is good for inspiration/motivation as I'm still a newbie (running since April this year) with much to learn!

Daren - OMG it was awful wasn't it?! The stretch after you turned off the main road through Easton was horrific - I actually got blown from one side of the road to the other at one point! How did you get on?


26/11/2012 at 13:41

I did 1:28:44 so probably saw you out there at some point! Just under a minute outside my pb but that was set on a perfect day at GER in Peterborough (which is dead flat too) last month, so was happy with that considering they were the worst conditions I've ever raced in!

26/11/2012 at 14:59

Well done - good time. Ha, yeah - I could probably see you ahead of me during the race!

27/11/2012 at 15:40

Cracking result Charlotte. Well done!

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