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Half Marathon, 25th August
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Just signed up to do a half marathon as it's in support of the Pilgrims hospices.  Never run any more than 10 miles and that was 3 years ago, so any advice welcome Smile

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#2
Run....lots! Wink
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#3
&quot;Treehugger&quot; Wrote:Run....lots! Wink

Top notch advice, Andy Wink Maybe you should join me doing it?!
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&quot;Avril19&quot; Wrote:Top notch advice, Andy Wink Maybe you should join me doing it?!

Haha! I have been thinking of giving running another go, but just to get fit, and will start very slow this time instead of doing 5k strait away like last time which almost killed me! Not sure if i'd ever be up for doing half marathons.
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I entered this last week: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://dymchurchmarathon.com/&nbsp;&nbsp;Up">http://dymchurchmarathon.com/&nbsp;&nbsp;Up</a><!-- m --> and down the see wall 8 or 9 times, thats going to be fun!!

When I started out running I followed plans provided by the London Marathan organisers and ones available on Runners World website.

Good luck.
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&quot;mashley&quot; Wrote:I entered this last week: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://dymchurchmarathon.com/&nbsp;&nbsp;Up">http://dymchurchmarathon.com/&nbsp;&nbsp;Up</a><!-- m --> and down the see wall 8 or 9 times, thats going to be fun!!

When I started out running I followed plans provided by the London Marathan organisers and ones available on Runners World website.

Good luck.

I've looked at plans before & never found them that useful. I can't always follow their plans due to the shifts I work, or maybe it's my own inflexibility when it comes to "structured" running. I run because I enjoy it. I'll scope them out again though, see if I've changed my mind about them.  I fear I lay need all the luck I can get Wink
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#7
Look at the plan and then change it to suit. But a basic plan could be, medium pace and distance day one, day two speed work of short sharp burst in between recovery jogs 3/4 miles, day three a long slow recovery run, then a longer race pace run at the weekend. This is very general but most plans will follow a similar routine, just change it to sut your pace, time and distance needs.
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&quot;mashley&quot; Wrote:Look at the plan and then change it to suit. But a basic plan could be, medium pace and distance day one, day two speed work of short sharp burst in between recovery jogs 3/4 miles, day three a long slow recovery run, then a longer race pace run at the weekend. This is very general but most plans will follow a similar routine, just change it to sut your pace, time and distance needs.

Think I've always been wary of speed work as I don't seem to cope too well Undecided . After care has always been my issue, cool downs/diet etc.
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#9
How about joining a local running club? Where are you based, Ashford Running club is excellent, lots of different abilities, people running 3 hr marathons to old ladies running 7hr ones so I'm sure you'll fit in somewhere in the middle. Tuesday and Thursday evening plus weekend group runs. Mollie who does the group sessions on a Tuesday used to run sub 3hr marathons and held national titles. She's no in her late 80's but still gets out and takes speed sessions including cool down etc. Thursday she does strength excercises and a shorted run. It's £30 membership which is a bargain!
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&quot;mashley&quot; Wrote:How about joining a local running club? Where are you based, Ashford Running club is excellent, lots of different abilities, people running 3 hr marathons to old ladies running 7hr ones so I'm sure you'll fit in somewhere in the middle. Tuesday and Thursday evening plus weekend group runs. Mollie who does the group sessions on a Tuesday used to run sub 3hr marathons and held national titles. She's no in her late 80's but still gets out and takes speed sessions including cool down etc. Thursday she does strength excercises and a shorted run. It's £30 membership which is a bargain!

Ashford is a bit far for me really, but Deal Tri is just down the road. Think I'm scarred for life when I did an interval once and was nearly sick.....I'm not built for speed.  I'll definitely look around at training plans and local clubs though, thanks.
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