Thanks to those who offered me advice - and to all your helpful posts that I've read although not commented on. I did it - completed my first half!! Got round in 2 hrs 2 mins and 59 seconds which is faster than I'd hoped (I was expecting 2:05 - 2:10) and gives me a great starting point to aim for sub 2hrs. And I enjoyed most of it!
Bit of advice please. I'm doing the Fleet Half on 16 March - my first one. I'm running about 35 miles a week, 5-6 days with a long run on Sunday (longest has been 12.9 miles but I'm doing 11-12 miles mostly), a recovery run on Monday, a speed session on Tuesday (usually intervals, sometimes hills), an easy run on Wednesday and Thursday, day off on Friday and parkrun on Saturday.
It feels as if my endurance is getting better in that I'm not completely dead after my long run and feel ok with no aches etc. But my speed isn't so good - I did a PB of 25:57 at parkrun early in January since when I've struggled to get about 26:30. I've also lost my fast-ish finish - I've always been able to zoom through the last km but now feel like I've run out of juice and slightly bizarrely the tip of my tongue goes numb. Any tips for how to get faster? Should I concentrate on speed sessions over the next 4 weeks or just be happy that I should finish in a not too awful time (my aim is for sub 2:10 as my younger brothers have both done the race in that time and although I'm not competitive, it would be good to be faster than them - they seem pretty relaxed about being trumped by an older sister!).
Also any advice for what to do to warm up as I'm worried about using up too much energy before I get going?
I'm doing a 10k this weekend as a warm up - I was going to run it at my target HM pace - is that the right approach?
Can I join this thread a bit late as it is exactly what I'm looking for?
Race: Fleet Half
Target: 2:10 (I'd love to go sub 2:00 but this is my first half. I did the Great South in 1:34 this year even with the horrible last 2 miles)
Training: 25-30 mpw, 5-6 days.
Today's run 4 m easy at 9:49 (a bit fast but was late for work).
I'm using the RW Smart Coach plan and it mostly makes sense and fits what is realistic for me. The only bit that I don't get is it has me running 13 miles for the long run the week before the half - that seems a bit far so close to the half, particularly as I'm 51 and have only been running a couple of years. Any thoughts?
This was meant to be my first 10k so am disappointed but it is a sensible decision. I ran along part of the course a few weeks ago and the mud was like treacle in places - particularly around Hurley. Hopefully it will stop raining by July...