I think it is about enjoying yourself and getting round the course. I try and pace it so if I have the legs after 10 miles on a half marathon I try to push it towards the finish. I injured myself in a marathon last May. Spent 4 months out and went back to Park Run running at the back. Since then have got to half marathons though took me time to build up. I was so determined to try and run a 3.45 marathon and ran 3.59 last year. Looking back I now enjoy running a lot more. I do not have time objectives just try and pace myself and see how I can get on. I did run a 5K pb the other week though so occasionally push it more.
I was trying to look for a runners manifesto. Took up running as an overweight , smoker. Still slightly overweight but not obese. There is a problem with obesity in this country which will cost the NHS more money. Governments have sold school playing fields and exercise is not encouraged despite the annual fawning over the London marathon. Races are run every week all over the country and I plod the occasional half marathon but limited coverage is given. Initiatives such as part run have had some media attention but more needs to be carried out to get British people off their backsides,
Just had an e-mail from the British 10K event in London and noticed they are charging 50 quid for the event. As my PB is under 50 minutes I am not prepared to pay £5 per kilometre ran especially on overcrowded London streets. I have recently found smaller companies and done a couple of half marathons on the suburbs of London for around £20 each. I think the most I would pay for a half would be around £35.