Thanks guys .. I think I just needed reassurance that I was up to this and it's normal for it to hurt! I'm going to do a shorter 'long' run next week and then up it again the week after. I did a club run the night before my long run this week .. only five miles but I flew home and felt really strong so know the training is paying off. But with hindsight, maybe that didn't help then running the morning after.
I've entered the Cheshire half on November 5th and have been training since the end of August upping my distance by one mile each week so I'm now up to 11 miles. I do three shorter runs as well as the long one each week (two of these are off road hilly runs). The problem I'm having is that the last mile on my longer runs, now I'm past that ten mile mark is pretty excrutiating and I'm worrying I won't be able to pull the last couple of miles out of the bag on the day. Is the pain normal?!
The other thing I'm worrying about is that today in my long 11 miler I stopped and walked about four times, the last couple of times because I literally could not carry on. I stop my watch when I walk so my time is quite respectable at an 11 minute mile average pace but the real time is probably ten minutes more overall. Is there any shame in walking during a half marathon as I think I'll feel I've failed if I do end up walking even for a little part of it.
I'm only taking water on my runs and find I'm getting very hungry towards the end. Should I be taking something a bit more energy providing. Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for any advice
Thanks guys. I actually use it with the power at the lowest. I know it's a pretty bright beam - a birthday present from my husband who did his research
I'm with you on the helmet thing. Saw two young lads on the road last week obviously off to do some mountain biking off road. Helmets on their handlebars. And cyclists who rely on their back reflector in the dark .. Crazy.
I wear flashing armbands and a high-vis vest. I think both times I was flashed the roads were lit and I was running with other people, on the pavement, who were probably wearing high-vis clothes as well. Will check the beam direction tonight.
Thanks for all the replies. I might ask my husband to wear it while I'm sat in the car to see how bright it is (I don't have it on full anyway). It does sort of bug me if people are being funny about it - a guy was killed near to where I live crossing the road at night recently and by all accounts the driver didn't even see him to hit the brake.