sub 2hr half marathon target

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22/05/2014 at 21:21
Ive just signed up for severn bridge half marathon end of august. Im hoping to do sub 2hr I havent done much running of late but now that i have a new job ive halved my commute to and from work which will enable me to train after work My previous running pbs are 10k 53.56mins, half marathon 2hr 36 secs I have run marathons and a double trail marathon but these were back in 2011 If anyone is running a half and aiming for similar target id love to share tips and the ups and downs of training. Im officially started training today and run 6 miles tonight
22/05/2014 at 23:22

best of luck triggerfish. 

I ran my first half marathon back in march, managed it in 1h57mins. Just got to focus on those 9 min miles as you're going around (nice round number to count off :P). I learnt late on in training to keep my LSD's slower then HMP, and that i know helped a lot . But i reckon with all you've done in the past, you've probably got a better grasp then me on what you need to do . Not sure theres much advice i could offer .

My second half marathon is in a couple of weeks time (june 8th) a very hilly race, where getting another sub 2hours will be my challenge again. After that i'll be looking to do another one or two this year as well, august, and october i think.

I think you're going to nail sub 2 hours happily this time around . It's all in the LSD training

23/05/2014 at 17:03
Thanks for comments. Id def agree with longer runs at slower pace. I find hill work and speed work invaluable even though they are hard
Ive had bad pain across my chest today so going to rest today and see how i feel on sunday. If i feel ok ill try some gentle hill work
23/05/2014 at 23:57

Hi Triggerfish, I'm also looking for a sub 2 for my next half at the beginning of October. 

I won't need to start training until around July though so my plans until then are to train for a couple of 10ks and a 7 mile race. I'm currently doing a low mileage marathon recovery schedule which finishes in a couple of weeks as my legs are still a tad heavy from the marathon which was almost 3 weeks ago. 

I've only done one half so far which was in March, finished in 2 hrs 4 mins, so I'm hoping the 10k work plus the right hm training plan will get me a sub 2. Still shopping around for a schedule I like though but there's plenty of time . My last 10k race was in February, finished in 56 mins but my training at the time was all geared towards endurance. 

Gonna head down to my local parkrun tomorrow to brush off the cobwebs and test out how well the legs are recovering. Everyone keeps telling me that it's easy to get a pb after a marathon but to be honest I've been finding 3 and 4 mile easy runs during the last week have been a bit of a challenge!!! 

24/05/2014 at 08:11

after my first half mara i felt like that for a week Emjay, so can imagine it'd be 3 times worse for a full mara . But yes, once the legs have recovered, should find some good times come your way .

24/05/2014 at 08:24

I hope so Peter! To be honest the stiffness in my legs afterwards wasn't much worse than after the half, not being able to get down the stairs our out of a chair etc lol. Its the fact that your legs still feel lethargic for weeks afterwards when you try and run that reminds you that you're still recovering. But it was my first marathon so only to be expected I suppose! 

Looking forward to the next half though, I loved my first one.

Which one are you doing? 

24/05/2014 at 08:34

Hope your training goes well triggerfish.

Also aiming for sub 2 at the start of October.

It's my first HM, Furthest race I've done so far is 10k, finished one this week in 50mins which was a pb. My "long run" is only 7.5 miles, so will need to up that distance over the coming weeks and months I reckon!

24/05/2014 at 10:20
Hey. Thanks for encouragement
Itll be good to use this for training thread
Im planning on a run later if my chest is ok
Going to plan training plan this weekend and do my upmost to stick to it
Good luck to everyone
24/05/2014 at 15:52
Hi tf, have also signed up for Severn bridge half.....only managed sub 2 once at Bath last year, would love to again but my old legs get very stroppy on the hilly bits so not too sure! Also signed up for (new) Gloucester 10k on 13 July which should help with hm pacing plan. Off to Kent Roadrunner marathon next week so will need to take it easy for couple of weeks to recover!

Have fun sorting out a training plan.
24/05/2014 at 16:30

Hope the chest is feeling better Hannah and you have a good run. 

Enjoy your taper anniesophie! 

No pb for me today at parkrun, finished in 27:26 so I have work to do!! But it was chucking it down with rain so had a fun time anyway & it felt good to be back running at something a tad more pacey than my pre/post marathon training pace . Really need to get some quality sessions in though ASAP if I want a sub 2. 

Which half are you doing zicksi? I'm doing bournemouth on the 5th October.

Edited: 24/05/2014 at 16:31
24/05/2014 at 17:38
Hey. Parkrun time seems ok to me, well done
Weather hammering down here so ive not ventured out
Hoping to go tomorrow instead
25/05/2014 at 11:10

Doing Glasgow Emjay, also on 5th October. I'm sure with that attitude it won't be long before you start seeing some quicker times, time seems fine to me given you've just done a marathon! Glad you had fun at the parkrun.

Hope weather improves where you are and you enjoy your run Hannah.

25/05/2014 at 15:51
Official training day 1
Weather hammering down. 1mile warm up 20mins hill work session, 3 mile jog back
Good luck to anyone venturing out in this
27/05/2014 at 13:26
4 mile walk completed yesterday
Gentle 5 mile route planned for tonight after work
28/05/2014 at 22:14

Nice one triggerfish. I haven't really planned training yet, but 8.5 miles done yesterday.

29/05/2014 at 15:33
8.5miles pretty impressive. Im planning on building up in next couple of weeks.did plan on doing gym session so see what time i finish work
29/05/2014 at 23:17
Official training day 3
4miles gentle jog. Rain. Legs tired
30/05/2014 at 18:04

I've had a good week, decided to ditch the recovery programme yesterday  (its almost 4 weeks now after all) and start the sub 50 10k training plan which is in this months RW. I won't be following the plan exactly as my race dates don't tally up and I'd rather do 5 runs a week than 4 where possible, but thought it was a good place to start from to plan in some intervals/hill sessions etc. I doubt I'll get a sub 50 but the next plan up was sub 60... 

So did 4 miles on Tuesday with last mile tempo, 5 miles wednesday with some on trail so my feet got soaked, then 2 mile warm up followed by hill intervals yesterday . Park run tomorrow at easy pace with my friend and then 7 miles on Sunday. Plan says 9 but I don't want to increase the mileage too quickly just yet due to lingering tendonitis in my foot 

Whats everyone's plans for the weekend? 

31/05/2014 at 13:35
I'm another person chasing sub 2. My target race isn't til Feb 2015 so got a bit of time. I recently did 2:01:48 on an undulating course. An hoping a flat course will help me make up nearly 2 mins.

Plan for this summer is to find a 10k to target and then just try to maintain fitness. Will be watching how people get on on this thread.
31/05/2014 at 17:40
I havent got whole lot planned. Went on drink and dance night last night so been relacing today.
Plan for tomorrow is a longer run, maybe 7.5 or 8 if i can. New trainers srrived today saucony guide 7. Cant believe how dear shoes have gone. Must be because running is just so popular companies can bump up price
Good weather tomorrow, hopefully
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