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first half marathon lots of people passing out, is that normal??

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 11:21

I know one of the runners who ended up in hospital (for 24 hours in the end) after passing out while running the Ealing half. His was a case of dehydration. He's actually an experienced runner who just made a stupid mistake. I ran it too, and it was surprisingly warm and humid (yes, I had checked the forecast): I have run 4 HMs and 1 marathon in the last 2 years and it is the first time I've felt the need to pour water on my head and (marathon excepted) the need to drink a reasonable amount of water. 

I think people were just taken by surprise by the conditions. It's the end of september, right, and only a half? I take it as a lesson to never be complacent.

Any one else looking for a sub-1h30 half?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:41

Well, I thought 90 mins was optimistic, and so it turned out to be. I came in at just over 92 min (again!).

Warm day, but no wind, so reasonably good conditions. I started out (as planned) a little behind the 90 min pacer, and stayed a few yards behind through the first few miles, the idea being to be slightly behind 90 min pace, then see if I had the legs to push on in the second half. I didn't! First half was 45:17, second half nearly 47 minutes.

I felt very comfortable miles 1-5, 6-9 were slightly tough but I was still averaging 6:56 pace. But then I dropped in a 7:24 (worst) for mile 10 as my lack of stamina began to really tell. 

Lessons learnt: more miles in the bank needed. This year I have averaged 30 miles a week, with a recent burst of four 40+ weeks. My PB of just over 90 mins came when I had had 3 months of 35-40 mile weeks. I think that is the difference.

Any one else looking for a sub-1h30 half?

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 17:15

Thanks TR. I've just done my final hard run (5 miles at tempo, 9 miles total) 11 days out from the HM. A bit disappointed with not being able to do a bit more at tempo, but my legs need the taper I think. 10 miles easy at the weekend and then short runs only from then on in. And Good luck with the marathon, RJ.

Any one else looking for a sub-1h30 half?

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 16:27

Yes, I am also looking for a sub-90 in two weeks time, but it's a just-about-possible time rather than a probable. My Marathon PB (debut!) is 3:28:43 in Apr 2014, 10K is 41:44 (in 2012). According to the calculators, half M seems to be my best distance.

Recent half times have been: 1:32:11 (sep 2012), 1:30:17 (mar 2013), 1:31:16 (sep 2013). So I just need 18 seconds off my PB!

I'm similar to you, TR, in that my mileage averages about 30 usually, but I have ramped up to 40ish in the last few weeks. Unlike you, I'm yet another forty something y/o male.

Any thoughts on tapering out there? Aside from not doing a bootcamp the day before ... (nice blog, TR)

Black toes and blisters

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 17:58

 Had my doubts along those lines, but they are OK, honest. Need to be a bit more careful that they are done up tight enough, though.

By the way, my normal shoe size is a modest 8, so that makes 9 1/2 for my marathon trainers.  

Black toes and blisters

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 15:44

So half, and then full size bigger maybe isn't enough. Honestly!

For years I have run in a full size bigger. Then I trained for my first marathon (Brighton, just done) and my toes started going black back in Feb. Blood blisters etc. So I tried my normal brand but one and a half sizes bigger. Problem solved.

Brighton Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 15:46

For an otherwise really well-organised event, why not put the mile markers in roughly the right places? Grrrr.

Brighton Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 15:29

Yes, the 11 mile mark was way off, about a quarter of a mile too late. I confirmed this at the time with a couple of fellow runners . Annoying

I'm also wondering a bit about the 17 mile marker, my splits were way too variable around then ...

P&D Spring Marathon Training Thread

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 14:56

Never thought of taking a gel before 10m? Trying reading P&D  who clearly advise fuelling right from the start.

I agree with Ramjet.  

Brighton Marathon 2014

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 17:51

Problem is that when pacers start in the pack, you can beat the pacer across the line but miss the target time - if you started ahead of them. This happend to me at reading half last year, missed 90 mins by 17 seconds. Grrr.

Also, anyone know where the bag drop is? I've been looking at the website and can't find it marked anywhere. Do people have views on good meeting points for after the race?

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