First 1/2 Marathon - will I make it...
Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:18 AM
I am set to run my first half marathon next weekend (SMH Sydney). I'm a bit nervous about it to be honest.
My recent training times are as follows:
5km (hilly): 25:05
and yesterday I completed a long, slow run to make sure I could make the distance; 20km in 2h12m. I havent done too many runs 10+ km.
Using the McMillan calculator with the above times I get estimates from 1h55m to 2h05m.
I've been averaging about 20-24km/week and I've included the odd interval run as well.
My obvious goal is to get under 2 hours. Do you think this is realistic?
What do you guys think? Any last minute tips/ advice over for the next 10 days?
To get under 2 hours I'm looking at 5:40/km pace - should I aim for this every km, or just plod along for the first half a dozen k's and reevaluate?
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:55 AM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:55 PM
According to the official race times I finished in 2:00:52 or 1:59:54 depending on which 'offiicial' time you want to go for.
You definitely can achieve a 2 hour/sub 2 hour time.
I am very new to distance running but my strategy (which works well for me) is slow start and then I start ramping up by 10kms. With only 5km left to go I broke out into a very fast run! I flew past quite a lot of people at the end. I have to ease into a run though because I have a very dodgy leg with a rod in my tibia so it needs a lot of coaxing in the beginning. I find I have a lot of juice left at the end. I took on a small amount of endura at about 16km and then at 18km. That got me home. Other than that, I had nothing.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:17 PM
Do yourself a favour and don't set a time goal for your first half, just enjoy it and finish happy.
Posted 20 May 2012 - 12:29 PM
Don't know my official time but I got a few minutes under the 2 hour mark.
I went hard for the first 14km (72mins) and then struggled a bit through the hills of the last third.
Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:30 PM
Was just about to repeat the 'start slow, settle into sustainable pace, then cling on' advice, then saw you'd already done the race.
Next one will definitely be a PB. I'd put money on it.
My best half (4 so far) was the one where I followed the above advice most successfully, for what its worth.
My other advice would be stop for a full cup of water at each chance, and have an energy gel somewhere in the middle.
Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:38 PM
I called it early. I just looked up my official time and it's 2 hours 4 seconds. While it woul be natural to be crushed by that result, the truth is that I trained at 2 hour pace and aimed for it, and got it.
I can't worry about 5 seconds, still very happy with the result