I am a rookie runner, wanting to compete in the Sheffield half marathon in May!
I'm running twice a week on a 3.5 mile course which is reasonably hilly (it is Sheffield after all!), and my most recent is 10'54/mile, my best. I'm wanting to compete the 1/2 marathon in under 2 hours, a steep challenge but there is 6 months to prepare.
My figuring is as follows - to run under 2 hours I'll have to do (approximately) 9 minute miles. I can jog forever pretty much, but fail at running. Therefore, I plan to slowly increase my jogging speed to around 9 minutes, and then increase the distance, ie. get my 3.5 mile circuit to below 9 minutes, then go to 4.5, or 5 and do that inside 9 minute mile time.
Is this the right approach? It seems logical, but running isn't my expertise. As I say I don't necessarily feel absolutely knackered after my 3.5 miles but I'm pretty poofed. Whenever I try and go faster, I usually revert back to my usual jogging pace within 200 yards! I could run fast for the run, but I'm certain I'd be walking for the last bit, and I'd rather jog the whole way, seeing as that is what I'll be doing in the marathon.