I have my first half-marathon in two weeks time and I ran my last long run of 2 hours today. The problem is that I don't know if I should trust my perception of pace or the route mapping programmes online?
I know that I ran my first mile, which is usually a slower mile at just under 11mins and my last mile (also a slightly slower uphill mile) at just over 11mins. I was out for a few seconds over 2 hours yet the route maps I have used say that I have done around 10.3 - 10.5miles but I think it should be closer to 11?? I know it is not a huge difference but it makes a big difference to me, psychologically if nothing else.
Can anyone comment on how accurate these route maps are and how easy it is to plot an accurate route??
210 - did you check the distance when you uploaded the data to your computer? 3 miles is quite a discrepancy!
not too sure...when I upload my to MotionBased, my workouts as per google map and the mbased software seems to state that I run half a mile more than my garmin reads. And this other software Training Center seems to be 0.1 to 0.2 miles off.
don't worry and trust your perception
First race is Brass Monkey's in York. Just getting myself a little worked up as it has a cut off of 2hr45 but as I did 10.3 - 11 miles in 2 hrs i think I should be good for about 2hr30?
I do 10 miles in just under 2 hours and had the same concerns as you when I did my first half, which had a cut off time.
I made it round in about 2 hr 40 and came last. But the sweeper said that they would still count me if I went over the cut off time as I had shown the right attitude. The purpose of the cut off time was to dissuade those who clearly couldn't run that distance and were intending to walk big portions of it, i.e. some fun or charity runners (I know this is a big generalisation on charity runners, but I think you know what I mean). So don't worry if you are only a few minutes over the cut off, as long as you have done your best.
LoL at you two!
Thanks Caz. Fingers crossed I will finish in time. I don't really care about my time I just want to finish. I am doing a big challenge for charity this year and it is my first race. A little worried about letting people down. I think I will be ok once I have finished my first one. Plus, my second one is Bath so no cut off time there!!!
SC Ha Ha just got that!!
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