"OK, so it's time to stop lurking, fess up and hope that this helps someone out there. It's been a long time since I first posted here saying I was on for the Bathurst 1/2 in April. I'm still aiming for it, but to be honest , not all that confident. Reading all of your training programs, times, pace, long runs and weekly km's has made me feel very under prepared and wonder what I'm doing.
But...I am doing it! My aim is to finish - hopefully before cut off time, but that appears now to be 2hr 20 and I had thought it was 2hr 30. No speed records will be broken, and I'm expecting to be the last over the line....but I aim to just get over the line.
My weekly km's are variable, but sit between 25 and 30 at the moment, and the 14km Sri chinmoy run on the weekend will be my longest so far. Cross training has been sporadic due to family, being sick, work....life really! Have been following the Hal Higdon 1/2 program with a few tweaks...and it has been a great base...but it doesn't seem anything like what everyone else has posted. Didn't do the 10km race the other week as it was a really 'down' week and we decided just to run. So, don't have a recent time to put into Macmillan calculator........but there you go! We have added in a few hills the last couple of weeks and last night I managed to run all the way up a hill (slowly) that I have never been able to before. But....there are still too many walk breaks - I'd love to say that I will get there without stopping, but realistically I know this won't happen. I've come to accept that now.
Not sure what my race plan will be... just go out not to fast and see what happens? treat it in my mind as 3 x 7km runs with a short break? or maybe 2 x 10km runs (not races). I don't think there are pacers for the Bathurst half - and not sure I'd really know how to 'use' them in any case.
Anyway, this is more of a blog entry rather than a post - sorry, but there might be another slow newbie out there who is feeling the same way? anyone?"
Any advice, comments welcome! It's all getting a bit daunting now and while I feel strong sometimes when I'm out running, and the last few weekend runs and our Thursday extended bay loop have left moondust and I feeling pretty chuffed........... I still have a lot of doubt that I will get through this in the time I hope (before the cut off!).
I would just like to publicly say a big thank you to moondust - a great running buddy and friend , and to all of you who keep me going.......and to ask that you all keep me going this next few weeks