Posted: 02/10/2013 at 19:22
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