How would you taper my usual weekly training for a half marathon? Thank you!
Monday kettles... OK
I have no idea what pilloxing or metafit are. If it involves a lot of intense running, I'd ease back in the final week. Perhaps replace it all with a 3 mile easy run... 30 minutes.
Wed Instead of 6 miles in 50 minutes... I'd be looking a 4 miles in 36mins. I've heard of insanity. In the final week, I'd leave it out.
Thursday 3 miles in 27 mins - Don't know what metafit is... probably leave it out.
Saturday... smash the race!
I too will be doing the Edinburgh half. In terms of tapering I agree with Millsy about cutting down the intensity and doing some runs at race pace. From experience I have found that the following regime works for me:
Monday: 5 miles (mix of race/easy pace)
Wednesday: 5 miles (mix of race/easy pace)
Thursday onwards: rest up until race day.
The key is making sure you get to the start line feeling fresh and well rested.
I am also doing the Edinburgh HM. I did 9 miles on Saturday
-1 mile, jogging to Parkrun, 3+miles Doing 40 minute pacers job for Parkrun followed by about 5 miles at a faster pace
I also did 4.5 miles on Monday,
I will probably keep to no more than five mile runs between now and the day, with a mixture of easy and slightly faster efforts to keep me feeling sharp. It is a nice experience going into a half marathon without just having recovered from an injury.
Oh and the half marathon is on the 25th not the 24th, hope it was just a typo
It means you'll have to get through the slower runners if you're to finish in two hours. Don't panic and waste too much energy trying to nip and tuck around them - wait for the field to thin out a bit and then you'll be able to overtake them more easily. And remember you're chip timed, so it doesn't matter if you start a bit further back from the start line than the earlier wave. Good luck!
This is my second time running Edinburgh half, the first two miles are quite tight in spots, a bit of weaving is inevitable but as an earlier comment has said don't worry about it, the field pans out once you get to the bottom of Arthurs Seat and from there it's wide open. Watch out at the water stations for discarded water bottles because on the promenade there is a small wall and the bottles get thrown down but bounce back into your path so easy to end up on top of one and going over on your ankle! A bit off topic but thought I'd just add that! Very best of luck for Sunday, you'll love it.
Hi, taken from the EMF website "This event is run under Scottish Athletics rules and therefore MP3 players or other devices plugged into the ear are not permitted whilst running for reasons of health & safety, both yours and other competitors. When you wear such a device you are unable to hear other competitors, cars, bicycles or marshals instructions" So that is the party line BUT last year I used my in ear headphones and wasn't told otherwise. The whole issue of racing while listening to music is a bit controversial, some people use them and others cast scorn if you do. My thoughts are if it helps, use them. An alternative is to use a GPS watch to track your speed but then you don't get the music, and not everyone has a GPS watch. Make sure you get endomondo fired up early because picking up a signal at the start line can be tricky with thousands of others doing exactly the same!
Well done, a great time. The first four miles were brilliant, I love running in the rain, I find I can go a lot further being cooled off by the rain. Then the next four were windy along the beach, last five or so just pleasant, bordering on actually getting warm! Good for the marathoners. My time was 1.47.13, and was aiming for sub 1.48 so very pleased getting under. So I have 1.45 in my sights for this year, either at Dundee in July or Aberfeldy in September depending on how my training goes. Highly recommend Aberfeldy if you are based up that way.
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