Help - Half Marathon Pacing Tips

Cannot get the half marthon cracked

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18/06/2003 at 22:14
Hi HW...looks like I might head out on a 12:20 1st mile, 11:20 second mile and then try to keep to just over 10min miles for the rest...see 2nd post down on this page...tho' isn't 12:20 virtually walking.....anyway something like that.

As long as I break 2 30 I'll be sort of happy but really want to do sub 2:20...

You're heading for a similar time aren't you. Shall we meet at the start. You too fishy...
18/06/2003 at 22:15
Sorry..second post down on PREVIOUS page....

I'll catch up with you on events...don't want to entirely hijack this thread... :0)
18/06/2003 at 22:22
I find I get a real loss of hope between miles 5/6-8. If I can deal with that I can usually deal with the race. Does anyone else feel like that?

Really difficult keeping a sensible pace at the beginning of ANY race hard not to get sucked into the mania of everyone rushing off
18/06/2003 at 23:10
SP - sounds good to me - I think we're thinking along similar lines. See you on the 'Events' thread.
19/06/2003 at 08:39
Blots mate:
Positive attitude, break the event down into little bits, this is how I visualise a half marathon

6 is NEARLY halfway
and 7 is MORE THAN halfway.
At 8 there is only 5 left to go,
and at 9 there is only 4, ANYBODY can run 4
at 10 you are into double figures, Phew!
at 11 its two to go, just think about how good you will feel after crossing the finish
12, one to do, come on, thats not far
13, only 182 yards left!
19/06/2003 at 08:45
I do a similar thing to MTDRF above. What I also found in my last half was that holding back for the first half meant I was overtaking all the way home which was a huge psychological boost rather than feeling low as lots of people run past me as had happened previously
19/06/2003 at 08:52
Blots Mate,

Yeh, I get that real loss of hope too, especially when people are overtaking me from mile 6 (cos of being too quick!)and so by 9 and 10 I really struggle.

Breaking it down into bits is good, unless like me you have spent too much energy on the first 6, cos then it end up as'oh no' from 7 on adn 'I just want to stop' at 11.

I amdefinitley up for the confidence boost of passing people, which is a real incentive to work hard at slowing down in the first half.
19/06/2003 at 09:10
Me too!

Mile 6 is my danger point for losing the will to continue - and next time I'm going to chant MTDRF's mantra and banish those 6-mile demons!

19/06/2003 at 14:03
Thanks for all of that. Def agree that passing people gives you a real lift & helps keep positive.

I WILL start at a steady pace next 1/2M. Prob not till August. Set off too fast in a 10k on Tues & had lost the will to live by 5k. Apply it to all races!
19/06/2003 at 14:59
To avoid going too fast at the start... Work out the pace you are going to run at, try it out on the treadmill a few times so you're used to it, find a song you know well that's at the right bpm, when you start the race sing it to ourself to get the right cadence and then at the first marker check to see you're still at the right pace.

Worked for me.
19/06/2003 at 17:19
Blott: message from Mak. "Do you run races? I'm allowed to do dog friendly ones!

Best results
10k 45 minutes
10m 75min
1/2 1:42

Longest run ever 21 miles.

Come down this way and run the Sturminster Newton half on 3 Aug!

ARF! ARF Votes for dogs"

19/06/2003 at 21:58
Dear Mak,

I expect I could match yr times but my mate can't. Her pbs are around yr times but to be honest she's a bit inconsistent & she will keep yelling at me when I run into her at high speed. Apparently I have a brain the size of a peanut whatever that means.

Sturminster Newton sounds a bit Devony. Long way fm deepest Suffolk. Dogs allowed you say? I'll ask her

regards Blott
20/06/2003 at 08:41
Happy running
20/06/2003 at 13:57
Hmm Dorset, not SO bad. If I learn to run on the lead in a straight line she said she'd consider it.My mate used to live in Hampshire so should find it

Happy running to you too. Just off for an uncontrolled run involving water

20/06/2003 at 14:47
Liked the music idea.
I often run with headphones on and tend to burn compilation CDs for running, and they help quite a lot.

I had not got as far as buring a CD based on exact or near exact tempo. So far just have motivational and chill-out options for racing and training.

Will definitely experiment there
23/06/2003 at 12:37
well I have no idea if what I did yesterday got me to a faster time or not I do know that in the heat if I had not chatted to you guys here I would probably have gone out on 10:15 10:30 miles and don't think I would have finished. As it was I did 3 11 mins to start and think that was probably enough to help me through to the end. On another day that may have helped me to pick up the pace abit after 6 miles but yesterday I struggled to add any thing after doing4,5,and 6 at 10:15 pace and completly died back at 10 miles when I began to feel sick.

So, yes I think going out slower undoubtably helped but I hope to see better effcts from it on a far less hot day. Thanks for the advice tho'. I think it saved me....

btw...was aiming for 2h 16 and did 2h 22 exactly....
24/06/2003 at 13:25

good going in what sounds like warm conditions.
heat is always a difficult thingt o contend with, especially if dehydration sets in.

24/06/2003 at 13:34
I found it helped as well, SP - I made a conscious effort to run slower for the first few miles, and whilst I didn't have anything left to speed up later in the race, I managed to finish in 2.27 when I was aiming for 2.30 :)
24/06/2003 at 14:24
well done fishy..hope we meet at the next one!!!!!

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