Hey guys! I really could do with a little advice. I'm running a half-marathon on the 7th April and I need some advice on my last week of training. I have not been following a training plan but have been regularly running (mainly for weight loss) over the last few months. This week I comfortably ran a 15 mile long run and a 1 hour 55min practice half-marathon. Thus, what should I be doing between now and race day in order to best prepare? Thanks for the advice in advance!8
I'm 24 years old and 79kg (~ 12st 7lb). About two years ago I used to be 60kg (~9st 6lb) and I'm trying to get back to that weight. I started running again about a month ago (I've ran Sheffield 10km, GNR and Men's Health Survival of the Fitest) and am regularly running over 10km 2-3 times a week. However, I realised that some of the biggest contributory factors to my weight gain were very large portion sizes, my sweet tooth and alcohol. Some I've decided to stop drinking (2 wks sober now), started calories counting and stopped eating sweets all together.
I'm hoping to lose at least a stone by December. Which should be managable as it's only just over 2 pounds a week.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. My Internet at home is not working.
Anyway, I managed to complete the GNR in 2hrs 26mins 54s. Personally I think this is okay. To be honest, would have liked to be nearer the 2hr mark though. What do people think about this time given my current fitness? Remember I only started running three weeks ago.
I managed to run the first 10km in 1hr 05min 25s which is only 1min 05s slower then the 10km I did two weeks earlier. Also I felt I could keep on running after the 10km mark this time then compared to the previous 10km when I was absolutely shattered. The initially 10km was consistent as I was very weary of starting too fast. After this run I’m absolutely certain that I can easily run a sub 60min in the next few weeks.
The other thing of note is that the last 5km of the GNR I ran/walked in about 45mins compared to the first in 30mins. This isn’t too surprising given my low fitness level at the moment.
Finally, it’s unfortunate that I wasn’t 8 places higher up as I could then reasonably have claimed to have been in the top 50% of all runners. I finished in 27,008th place
Currently looking forward to the Nottingham Survival of the Fittest in October and looking for a 10km in next couple of weeks to prove that I can run a 10km in sub 1hr.
PS: Weight now 77kg. Meaning a BMI of 27.6. Slowly losing weight
I've decided to mix thing up this weekend. Since, I'm no longer doing the Robin Hood Marathon I decided to cycle between Derby and Nottingham. It's meant to be a relatively easy ride on the flat and so should be good fun.