Was speaking to someone who entered the ballot for the royal parks half marathon and did not get in. They are charging 55 quid a place. I have carried out half marathons around London with other running companies for around 20 quid a place.I enjoy half marathons and entering them keeps me training but running seems to be becoming like Premier league football where ordinary people will be priced out. Wonder how long it will be for a 100 quid event.
I ran it last year. Was my longest run after 7 months after injury. Hilly course and i did not go for a PB but enjoyed the course. Also enjoyed passing people on the last 3 miles who had started too fast.
I have a friend who is running the London marathon. He wanted to do a 24K slow run yesterday and I joined him. We ended up doing 26K. I am training for a half marathon but rather then just wanting to get round am hoping for a sub 1 hour and 40 time. My best time is 1 hrs 44 minutes. I ran a 10K the other week in a PB of under 45 minutes. I am trying to use speed work on shorter runs such as park runs. Is it good training to run far longer distances then a half marathon at a slower pace?
With a marathon you will get hundreds of different of opinions. I have run 2 and not particularly fast but stick to 18 miles as my longest training run, I have spoken to guys who can run a lot quicker but only run up to 16 miles other will run past 20 miles. It is important to listen to your body. A lot also depends on conditions of the day, course and whether your head is in the right place. If you are worrying about injury seek advise before deciding whether to go to the start.