Thanks Runmiles and everyone else with all the advice. I'm happy to say I managed to complete the race, bit of a rubbish time of 2.52 as my muscles all seized up at 8 and a half miles but since it's my 1st one I'm happy I managed to finish it and raise some money for charity too. I will be doing it again next year so my aim will be to make a big improvement to the time and in the meantime do some 5 and 10K's
Hope everyone else who did it enjoyed the day and atmosphere as much as I did!
Thanks jindalee, I have found a training plan in the runkeeper app I use so have signed up to that!
Alban runner- hi, nice to meet another beginner! Both me and my husband have signed up so we're going out together when we can. He's a beginner too but being a bloke his pace is a lot quicker than mine so he quite often has to wait for me. I am trying to get out every other day and am managing it most of the time. If you have a smartphone, the runkeeper app is great for tracking distance and pace and I also found out today that it has a half marathon trainer so I'm hoping that will give me a bit more guidance as to where I should be with my training. If I can do the race in 2 and a half hours that suits me fine but being that I've never done any kind of running before just signing up in the 1st place is a big achievement for me!!!! I live in London colney and am following the same route each time but I need to increase it a bit. As for the course being hilly, ive been told that the route has changed a bit since last year so isnt as hilly (fingers crossed). Good luck with your run tomorrow, hope your new trainers are nice and comfy!
Hi everyone, Just joined this forum as a complete beginner. I used to do a bit of walking but decided this year I wanted to keep fit and lose weight by taking up running. As a teen I always hated cross country and could never see myself as a runner but I am determined to see this through and hope to be able to compete in the St. Albans half marathon in June this year having signed up in January. So far I am just at the stage where I am able to run 2 miles 3-4 times a week with hardly any walking but at a very slow pace. I am also a bit overweight but I'm hoping with time as I increase the miles I will be able to get rid of some of the excess and increase my pace. Any pointers would be welcomed as at the moment I am struggling with tight calf muscles and suspect I am not warming up properly. I do lots of stretching beforehand but wonder if I should be doing more. Also worried that I have take on too much doing a half marathon as my 1st challenge!!! Lisa X