washwood - I am doing the Gosport Half which is rather flat, so hopefully it should be fine. I realise this means I have about 6 weeks to get into gear from today's embarrassing 10K time to put in more distance & speed. I'd be happy to do it in 01:50:00ish but I realise that's a very tall order. Either that or I'll do the Downton Half which gives me more time for training as it's at the end of November; but it's a hillier course.
Medicalert - thanks very much for pointing that out. I suppose I should for now just focus on getting the distance in and improve my fitness and hopefully avoid injury.
In all honesty, I'd be very happy with sub4:30; ecstatic with sub4:15 but positively elated with sub4:00.
Hey washwood.. looks like you've already put in some good groundwork. I'll have some catching up to do from now till Christmas but hopefully I can put in a decent half marathon time in November and maybe a few good 10K times. Realistically I should probably aim for 4.30 but we'll have to see how the training goes I suppose.
Do you all recommend using the custom-made 16-week planners for subscribers on RW? They look pretty good and it means I don't have to do much thinking for myself which is always a good thing...!
I've got a (charity) place for London and it's my first ever marathon. Excited but also a bit nervous.
I'd really appreciate any advice you may have specifically on what time to go for. I will follow one of the custom-made Runners World 16-week planners, but at the moment I am not sure whether to go for sub-4:00, sub4:15 or sub4:30.
To give a bit of background, I'm a semi-regular runner. I've done a couple of half marathons in the past 4 years but the past 12 months or so have been really busy with work so I've not been as good with my running as I should be. To put things into perspective, I ran my first 10K in about a year or so today and my time was 00:54:52 (my 10K PB in 2012 was 00:45:40).
So the aim is now to build my 'baseline' fitness and running up to the 16-week planner. I ideally would have wanted sub4:00 but I thin sub4:30 may be more realistic. This will start in January, but my plan is to spend the next 3 months so building more distance and increasing my fitness (including a half marathon along the way.)