Before my first half marathon, my longest run was 9 miles. The excitement of the race itself help me pull it off, plus it wasn't a struggle. I was amazed! You keep training, don't forget to back off slightly before your race, and you'll do fine
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Since you have about 8 weeks to add 4 miles, I'd simply add a mile to your long run every other week or so. As far as the downhill grade, if you can incorporate some up and downhill into your runs, I think you'll be fine. I train almost exclusively on very gentle hills because that's what my neighborhood has, and only occasionally run repeats on a short, steep hill that I can incorporate into my route, and have had no problem running a couple very hilly half marathons this year. You can actually conserve a lot of energy if you learn to just let the downhill take you rather than bracing, which will jar your joints anyway.
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I took the plunge and signed up for a 10 mile race the end of October. My longest run is 8 miles just because I got a little lost on a 6.5 mile run. I have completed a few triathlons this summer with an Olympic distance coming up in a week and a half. Any suggestions or training tips from getting from 6 ish miles to 10? Plus this course has a gradual downhill grade, any tips for tackling that?
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