It's now just under 4 weeks until my half marathon, and i'm getting worried that I am not going to be ready. The recent snowfall in my part of the UK (London) has made it extremely difficult to run outside, especially in the early mornings (5am) when it is -5 degrees outside.
Like I mentioned before, back in early december I could cover about 7 miles twice a week, and then around 10 miles at a weekend, is this going to be enough to see me through a 13.1 miler. The problem is Over christmas I have not trained as much as I feel I should have, and due to the weather feel unable to 'test' my ability!
Thank you, both, for your replies - this is very helpful.
This may sound naive, but I actually find it difficult to run any slower than the pace mentioned above, especially outdoors (the gym is easy to moderate speed but it's extremely boring!). I tend to find that when I am at that pace, my body just feels as though it is moving more efficiently in terms of gait and landings etc.
I completely accept your point on running slower / trying to get in some temp and speed runs. My main scare is that I will do something silly and be unable to complete either of them! (I have taken part in a 10k race before but that is my only experience to date). I will make sure that I start the actual race about 2/3 pack in the pack and play it steasy, especially as the 10 mile race is mostly uphill.
Also another quick Q, what is the best way to run down hill? - In my experience it has always been very tough on my knees as I always feel that I am 'stopping' myself from accelerating
Looking for some experienced guidance as to whether I am ready to take part in two races that I have scheduled over the next two months. I am looking to compelte these in good times (specified below). baring in mind that I have only been running since October 2012
Race 1: 10 miles (aiming for 90 minutes on an undurating road course) - January 20th
Race 2: 13.1 miles BRIGHTON HALF Marathon - (aiming for 1:55 on a relatively flat course) - February 17th
Since October I have been out on 37 runs, covering a total of 334 miles so far. This weekend gone I completed a long sunday run of 10 miles in 1 hour 27 minutes on empty roads
I normally get out to run 3 times a week, twice in the week (shorter runs of about 6 miles) and once at the weekend ( around 8 - 12 miles on average). I am reasonably happy that I can complete the 10 mile run in a few weeks as I have done this already. However in my one attempt to cover 13.1 miles so far I managed to do it, but then had calf cramps for a week and it took a toll on my ability to get out and train.
I guess what I am looking for is a) some advice on whether I am on the right track to complete the races, and 2) some advice on what to do now I am in the weeks leading up to these.
Hoping for some advice. I have been running reasonably frequently since October 2012 (3 times a week on average) and at the end of November was clocking around the following distances:
Run 1 - 6-8 miles at a 80 pace
Run 2 - 5/6miles at a 80/90% pace
Run 3 (weekend) - 10 to 13.1 miles, 13.1 in 1:55
Over the christmas break I took some rest and relaxed my training / ate some mince pies and drank some wine, but i only put on 3 pounds and it was only a few days of indulgence, however there was a period of about 9 days that I did not run.
Now I am trying to get back into the swing for the new year, and am hitting onstacles, my long runs seem to now be about 8 miles max, and my in-week runds more like 5 miles. I don't feel any different, but cannot seem to get the same distance through before becoming exhausted
Any ideas what might be going on!? - I have a 10 mile road race on the 20th January, and a half marathon on Feb 18th and I am now very worried that I am not going to hit the distances!