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Hey everyone. I'm kind of an intermediate runner, and I'm scheduled to run a half marathon on sept 22. This will be my 2nd half this summer. My first was at the end of June. Since the first half I have had a lot of difficulty getting my head into training. I've done a few runs each week, but due to a mental block frequently started walking on a lot of them. I did 2 6-7 mile runs last month, and on Labor day managed a decent 7 mile run (at least, it was decent after the first 3 awful, painful, I'm so dropping out miles). I'm seriously debating my readiness to do this race in 10 days. I was thinking of trying an 8-9 mile run this weekend and if it goes well then go for it. Any advice or tips? Really not sure if I should even attempt this. Thanks in advance!
Run Deb, Run
Things that may help your pace... heart rate monitor and a metranome(runner's metranome). 180 foot steps per minute is typically optimal for most runners. Then find a heart rate that you can run fairly easily for an hour the whole way consistantly. Also you may want to do warm up exercises for about 15 minutes prior to prime your leg muscles.
I think BOSNPM has a good point - slowing down and allowing yourself walking breaks might be a great compromise. I think if you've already run a half this summer you can make it the distance in under the cutoff time, as long as you give yourself a break and are willing to walk or change your pace if needed!
My thinking on going for it is that half marathon registrations are really expensive, and so why not go out there and go the distance more casually? It can be a fun way to meet other runners who are doing it more socially, too, the middle and back of the race pack has great camaraderie!
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Couch to 5K graduate, September 2012
First 10K, June 2nd, 2013
First Half Marathon, September 2013