Thanks guys, used the Smart Coach and found it much more personal to my own ability than the training coach offered through the Great Run . . . Managed to finish in an ok time, my chest cold held me back especially in the last mile, but pleased I managed to finish it - my longest run ever!!
Tried to use the carb. gel at the 8 mile marker, and not sure how affective it was, but will def. try in training up to the half marathon.
Increasing my carb. intake the evening before has had a positive effect in my running - I am shocked at the difference in energy level
Thanks for your help again - its definitely all helped.
My base fitness is ok, but I am quiet stubborn if I decide I am going to do something then I will try my hardest to do it well . .
I am a little confused about the running lingo though . . Patrick how do you mean mile repeats and tempo running? . . do you think it would be worth joining a club?
I quiet liked the 10k as I started at the very back so wasn't able to take off too quickly, I think I might go for a similar tactic at the 10 miler, I am not very good at setting my own pace at the moment and have a habit of running to the beat of what's on my mp3 player
I am going to try a long run on Wednesday so will see how the carb gels help - Thank you again
Cool, ah I see, I think I am running too soon after eating brekkie, and need to make more of an effort with the carbs. That is probably where I went wrong on the 10k race, I did feel sick at the start!
Umm I covered 9.5 miles by accident - It got dark very quickly and I didn't want to run the same route back due to lack of street lights so got lost on the detour - it was hard, but enjoyable! . . I am covering anything from 6 - 8 miles on training runs at the mo. but having trouble breathing due to a head cold, so dosing up on the vit. C to combat it asap.
You mention carbo gel, can you buy this in the high streets? Sorry never heard of them
Thanks for the tips I will keep start by practising tomorrow
I have managed to get a late spot in the Great South Run (10miles) so started training about 8 weeks ago . . though I felt I was improving I was struggling to judge my progress so entered a 10k race last Sunday. I managed to complete in just over 50mins but had a real issue with lack of energy in the last 2k - I was physical drained of energy though once I reached the finishing line had refuelled felt I could of continue. Running is new to me, as I rock climb the majority of the time, and need a new challenge, I am pretty competitive and would like to put in a reasonable time in the Great South Run.
Is there any advise for what I should eat prior to a race or anything I should/could take around with me to give me the pick me up?
Also, do you think it would be realistic to enter a Half Marathon 3 weeks after the Great South as a beginner?