Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum but I just wanted some advice on whether this is a realistic goal.
Some background: I ran a trail half marathon last May in 1:52, but then didn't do lads of running until this winter when I've been doing 30+ miles a week for the last three weeks.
My long run on Sunday was 21.3 miles in 3:10, which I felt completely fine during and after, and a recent 'hard' run I've done was 7.4 miles in 57 minutes (7:43 pace). And I did a 3.5Km race on Saturday in 14:30.
I've got two half marathons planned before Halstead so I suppose they will give me a better indication, but I just wondered if 3:50 is a realistic goal for 13 weeks time? I can run 4 or 5 times a week. If its thought I wouldn't make that time I'll probably wait and do one in Autumn instead, but I was sort of hoping for a good for age place in VLM next year! (Which was 3:50 this year I think.)
Thanks for any experience or advice you guys can give!
Halstead isn't the easiest of marathons, your long run on Sunday was it on flat or hills?
It was flat which is a big worry because I live in zone 1 so not really any hills around to practice on, but I can get them in on long runs if I try. But the half I did before had hills to a similar extent as Halsted and I found them OK. Do people do Halstead slower than other marathons in general then?
Hi rr - How's the plan going ? I was looking for a Halstead forum but there doesn't seem to be a recent one.
I'm planning to use Halstead as a sensibly paced last long run before an ultra early in June, so will be aiming for around 3.50 too. Your pace looked like that ought to be achievable.
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