2nd half marathon in a year

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09/07/2013 at 08:23

My 50th Parkrun this week so target is a PB and a T shirt  do a bit of volunteering the following week for a rest 

10/07/2013 at 18:28

Good luck for the parkrun PB - and good to hear you're volunteering!

I rather enjoyed manning the checkpoint/aid station for the Croydon Ultra. Ran the first half of it afterwards (well, diverged towards the end to do less road, more trail). Spent Monday evening running an 800 m and a 5,000 m for my club in a Veterans League match. Running round the track is not my favourite activity; I felt tired, slow, and my ankle was not happy afterwards, so now I'm resting it for a couple of days. Oh well.

11/07/2013 at 10:44

I do enjoy being a Marshall, great to see the sheer range of abilities, all enjoying themselves.

11/07/2013 at 11:12

You should easily be able to do a half marathon a month.

There are a few of us aiming for sub 1:50/1:45 here:



12/07/2013 at 10:45

Cheers TimR, I now realise I could, not sure if I want to though. I am currently able to do the mileage as work is a bit quiet at the moment but I don't think I would have the motivation to do more on a regular basis. Getting under 1.45 would be nice though, could make that my next target.

12/07/2013 at 11:16



Latest workout, trying to concentrate on speed a bit.

12/07/2013 at 11:35

The main thing is experience of racing the distance. It doesn't matter how much training you do because you never train at race pace over race distance. So relying on one or two races a year probably won't see you improve that much.

If you target everything on one race it can put a lot of psychological pressure on you in the run up. 

12/07/2013 at 11:42

I can't see that workout unless I add you as a friend. 

From the other thread I've got good results from 3 runs a week:

1. 5k at fast as possible pace -

2. 10miles, 2-3 warm up at marathon pace, 4-6 at half marathon race pace, 2- 3 warm down. For me that's 9min/mile and 8min/mile paces. 

3. 13-15miles at marathon pace. 



14/07/2013 at 08:34

TimR, thanks for letting me know the workout is not visible. I sort of guesssed that might be the case but thought I would give it a try anyway. (Thought I had seen some that others had posted) Yesterday was a new pb at parkrun by 2 seconds. This thread has obviously been motivational as my recent  times have come down from around 23.35 22.43 22.34 22.18 and had been plateau'ed at 23.30 is territory for a few weeks before that.

So big thank you to all so far, Obviously a half marathon is a different kettle of fish from a 5k but I feel much better equipped than I did a few weeks ago.

Looking as if its going to be a hot one today so better get off ASAP.



14/07/2013 at 08:44

.....and I have now worked out how to make that workout public. 

Lets see if it works with yesterday's  http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/326342155

14/07/2013 at 17:37

Managed to cut my head on a road sign, trying to duck under it unsuccessfully, so 10 miles turned into four miles as there was a lot of blood, by the time I got home it had dried up and is little more than a graze. Must be taller than i thought.

15/07/2013 at 08:39

Magic Roundabout: congratulations on the parkrun PB; sympathies for the cut head (one of our club's runners did similarly ducking under a tree branch a week ago. Scalp wounds always bleed like crazy.

As for mileage... end of 2010 I was telling my husband I'd like to do a marathon but thought I'd have to stick to HM for the moment because I didn't see how I'd find the time to train for a marathon. By a year later I was training for my first ultra (AND managing a parkrun) - while continuing working around 45 hours a week.

15/07/2013 at 09:19

I started at the other end of the spectrum doing the first three Edinburgh marathons back in the 80's, I then decided that was enough for that distance , in fact I only did one half after that before moving to Swindon in 89. Only really started again inthe last four years. My brother on the other hand after doing no running at all for a good chunk of his life decides to start entering forty and fifty mile races totally out of the blue.

17/07/2013 at 17:12

Bit hot for hills today but, gave it a go.



31/07/2013 at 11:06

Improved Parkrun pb again this week, wont get t shirt till about October i'm told, oh well I know how many i've done.

31/07/2013 at 14:24

Well done on the new parkrun pb. It's going to take me years to reach 50 parkruns at my present rate - but meanwhile I'm having fun doing other runs, as you can see at http://runningape.wordpress.com/

01/08/2013 at 13:25

Lakeland 50 eh? I must check if my brother did that, he lives up that way and likes long distances.

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