I'm a slow runner planning my first half marathon in the spring. I was expecting to use a 12 week training plan.
Every plan I've seen for 2hr 30 plus mins target times limits the long run to 10 miles. Is this for sound training reasons or because they expect runners at these times to want to train the minimum to get around?
I ran long runs of 13k for my last 10k race and have done a few 11 mile runs before an upcoming 10 mile race. I always thought this was the wise thing to do.
Should I be planning to run 15 miles or so in HM training, or limit it to 10, which I can already do?
I have been doing a 'tempo run' but at a slower pace than this, usually about 7:40 min/km. I took this from some calculator, can't remember which, but I guess it was based on a 78 min 10k time.
I was trying to build the distance of this run up, and struggling. The idea of keeping it at about 5k, and running it faster makes a lot of sense, and I'm going to try it.
I do struggle to find a route where I don't have to stop for traffic lights or similar, which feels like it messes the pace up and gives me too much of a rest. The local park is a bit hilly, which doesn't seem ideal for a tempo run, and there's been some attacks in the area, so I don't feel completely comfortable there. How do others plan a tempo route?
I have also joined a running club. The main club night run is usually 4-5 miles in intervals of about a mile, although they sometimes throw in some faster loops too. I find the pace in the slowest group just about copeable with (Garmin broke so I couldn't check) so I expect this is doing a similar job to a tempo run too?