A time-targeted half-marathon (Week 10)Why: It will be good practice to take in the racing environment, but also useful to see how your fitness is progressing. We have suggested target half-marathon times for each pace group, but if you can comfortably go quicker, do.
If you ran well within the suggested time: You clearly have the basic speed endurance. While this may suggest that you are simply a natural half-marathoner, if you do the suggested long runs, are fit and healthy on race day, and pace yourself sensibly, then your marathon target can easily be reached.
If you were up to three minutes outside the half-marathon target: No need to panic unduly as the half-marathon has come in the middle of a very heavy training period, you may not be at your freshest, and your marathon target is around 30 seconds a mile slower, which may suit you better.
If you were more than three minutes outside your target time: If youve done all the training, werent suffering any ailments, didnt feel you had an off-day and were still some way outside the suggested half-marathon time, your current marathon target might need revising. It is possible that you are more of a natural marathoner than half-marathoner and can sustain a pace better than the average runner, but it may be worth considering easing back on your target time. For example, aim to hit 4:15 rather than 4:00, but continue to follow your current schedule.
If you couldnt race or have missed training through illness and injury: While this is the most important part of the schedule, dont run through illness or injury and be sensible when you resume training. If you have missed more than two weeks of training, it might be better to ease your way back using an easier schedule.