Sub 1:50 Half Marathon.

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08/07/2013 at 15:49

or the Gosport half in november- billed as the fastest course in the uk. (not great on the sceanery thou)


11/07/2013 at 11:11

Surrey Badger on Sunday. Hot, hilly and so therefore slow. I will be running with a friend on her first half. Should be gentle jog round 2hrs+

12/07/2013 at 16:10

Wow you run a lot of half marathons! I think it's gonna be really hot but I hope you enjoy it. I've booked Brighton half in Feb and someone said he'll pace me round another one in September so I'm gonna try to go faster then.

17/07/2013 at 23:07

It was really hot. 1195ft of ascent according to my friend's Garmin. It was her first marathon and we did it in 2h25m. It was a wise idea not to go for sub 1h50m. 

One guy hospitalised. 500runners. I think we'll be back again next year. 

20/08/2013 at 10:56

I've just got into Conwy again in November, but I'm not building my hopes up for a sub 1:50 in that one - the climb is just too long and too relentless, although I seem to remember the downhill was fun, with aeroplane noises from a runner from Buxton and running like Phoebe from Friends from me! 

It's taken me a long time to get my mojo back after my marathon in April - I've kept on running but haven't wanted to race at all.  Having said that, I'm now helping a friend train for the Chester Marathon in October, so I'm doing longer runs and hoping that will restore my confidence.  I also got within four seconds of my parkrun PB last Saturday and managed my local hill-from-hell last night (first lady up - whooppee!) so maybe, just maybe.....

It's great reading about all your races and training tips though - keep them coming, they inspire and motivate!  At the risk of sounding like Mr Grace, "You're all doing very well!"

20/08/2013 at 22:15

Training for New Forest Marathon has hit a few problems. So far just the one 19mile completed. 2 attempts aborted due to heat, humidity and too much partying. Have decided to have an easy week with nothing longer than 4miles until Sunday. 

That's the last time I enter a September marathon...

When can I get back to Halfs?

22/08/2013 at 06:49

Blimey not surprised you're finding it hard to get in the long runs in this heat TimIt does sound really hard training for a marathon this time of year, but especially this year - it's been really hot. What date is the marathon? Do you have time for a couple of long ones? Good luck with it!

I never run as much in August as me and the kids are both off work and I'm just lazy. I've still been running nearly every day but 7 or 8 miles max and most days just 3 or 4. I also got within 5 secs of my Parkrun PB week before last, Aunt Ninja  and someone has offered to try to pace me to 23-30 this Saturday, though I can't believe I'll be able to run it that fast. It will be interesting to see how fast I can do it with someone to help...

I haven't entered Stroud yet but I think I will. Is anyone doing any other halfs this Autumn? 

22/08/2013 at 08:59

I'm struggling to find halfs. Thrte are a few big ones in London. Ricchmond and Run to the Beat, I guess they're full. The Marathon is 22nd Sep. one more 19 on 1st Sep and I'll be happy.

Looking to enter the Ware 10mile on/around Oct 13th

22/08/2013 at 09:04

23 min 5k sounds fast. Good luck. That's just over 7:25min miles. I really should try a park run. My 4.4milers aren't flat but usually I average 7:45 on a fast day. That would be 24min.

Edited: 22/08/2013 at 09:07
22/08/2013 at 09:16

My pb is 23-52. The course is 3 laps with a hill at the start - it's not very enjoyable! he's going to try to pace me to 23-30 (not 23!) but I am not sure I can do it that fast. I'll be very chuffed if I do!

You should try Parkrun if you have one near you - it's really addictive. I'm sure you'd beat 24 as it's always faster in a race environment.

Best of luck with the marathon training! Are you aiming for a time? (Sorry you may have already said) 

22/08/2013 at 16:14

Ok. I didn't understand what the '-' meant. Thought you meant 23 to 30 which was a bit strange.

According to McMillan I should be capable of sub 4 with a 1:50 half marathon. The profile of New Forest looks less severe than my training runs and the St Albans so I'm hopeful. Will see.

You should beat 23:30 5k.

Edited: 22/08/2013 at 16:15
22/08/2013 at 19:07

Oops should have put a colon not a dash

22/08/2013 at 20:06

When is your marathon?

22/08/2013 at 20:59

22nd September. I've just been out tonight 4.5miles @ average 8:00. Not really puffing much. just comfortably hard. 

25/08/2013 at 23:47

I got 23:47 in the Parkrun which I was really pleased with as I've been trying to beat my time for months! It really was great to have someone to pace me, though it still felt really hard... Maybe that 's what we all need to beat 1:50?

All the best for the marathon training Tim! I ran 6.5 miles today and it still feels hot and humid out there. 

26/08/2013 at 20:38

Good work.

Stuck to 4mile runs this week. 6 of them. Then 16miles yesterday felt easy and thought I could have carried on. All good. 

26/08/2013 at 20:52

Wow - 16 miles, that's great. So that's 40 miles for the week? I was just re-reading Murakami's book today and he says 6 miles a day is the key, 36 per week on average. I think he seems to know what he's on about - he ran loads of marathons! Good luck with it  

01/11/2013 at 11:06

I had forgotten about this target. Training for the marathon was my main aim. 

Was a tough outing. Hot and humid day with some serious undulations and 'trail' sections. Blew up at mile 17 and the last 9 miles took about 1:40. Ouch. 4:50:28 in the end.

Then the Ware10 a couple of weeks ago 1:22:20. I'm very pleased with that. A couple of small inclines scrubbed some time off.

I've upped the mileage since and incorporated intervals so my typical week is now:

6 easy, rest, 10 (including 4 at half mara tempo), 6 easy, 6x1000m, 6 easy, 13-18 LSR. 

Sunday - Stevenage Half Marathon...

03/11/2013 at 19:58

1:49:13 at Stevenage Half Marathon. I was going strong and on for 1:45 at halfway but the 2 mile incline was hard.

1:45 next then...

Edited: 03/11/2013 at 19:59
05/11/2013 at 16:14

Well run!  Does this mean you're abandoning all us snails for another "Sub 1:45" thread?

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