I've decided to take the plunge and I've entered in the SMH Half Marathon. This will be my first ever competitive race! I think I can do it. Now it's time to train for the big day!
I'm a relatively 'slow' runner. For eg this morning I ran 7km in 48mins. I'm doing 10km runs on weekends which take well over 1hr. Basically I need to quicken my pace so I don't have to endure the embarrasment of being asked to withdraw at the halfway mark.
I need to reach the 11km halfway mark by 1hr 15min or else I have to withdraw. This I'm worried about. I need to train train train and get my pace up to a 'safe' speed. I was wondering if anyone else is having similar concerns? Plus how should I train to quicken my pace more?
My plan is to do 3 runs per week: 2 short runs (say 7-8km) on weekdays, then a big run of 10km+ on the weekend. I hear that doing some sprint trianing can quicken things up a bit?
My other concern is finishing the race in the required time. If you read the fine print on the entry form it says that 'Eligibility for any prize is dependent on the competitor completing the approved course within 150 minutes and in accordance with these rules and conditions '.
What the hell does that mean? I will certainly attempt to finish within 2hrs 30min, but what happens if I run over time? Will I be disqualified? Will I still get a medal for finishing? Will there even be a finish line waiting for me or will they have packed it up by then???
Need some advice. Would be great to hear everyone's thoughts...
Edited by Jowel, 06 March 2008 - 04:38 PM.