Don't worry about the time. My very first half marathon took me over 5 hours to complete and I was the dead last finisher ----- but I finished. Several other ladies did not. That was 10/5/2011. Today I am still a very slow runner - but have finished 45 half marathons since then and now am at 3:20 average.to finish. I am still in the back of the pack. Here is my mantra: I am not as fast as many around me. I may not be as fast as I was yesterday or as fast as I want to be. I may not be as fast as I will be tomorrow. But all I have is today. And today, I will cross the same start line and finish line as everyone else.....Eventually.
"When I first started running, I was so embarrassed, I'd walk when cars passed me. I'd pretend I was looking at the flowers." Joan Benoit Samuelson Olympic Marathon Winner
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This being your first half, I say take your time, go at a pace you're comfortable with, and try to avoid injury. Now, if you already know what your general pace is, and you have a goal finishing time in mind, make sure to take your sports watch (if you have one) and just keep an eye out for how long each mile is taking you. But like someone else said, if you're going to do speed, reserve that for the 2nd half of the race so you don't tire yourself out. Just make sure to do what you CAN do, not push yourself too hard. And just try to enjoy it!
My response is to train some for speed, but primarily, if it is your first half, mostly train for the distance and don't worry too much about speed. Also, I bet you do it in a faster time on the day of the "race" then during your practices. I know I did. (Oh, and I am a walker, who is just now maybe adding a tiny bit of jogging to my next half.)
3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes 4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6 10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6 12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes 4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.) 2/7/15 Hearts & Soles 5K, San Jose 34:50 (Recovering from a cold and wet day.)
I've been known to run/jog as slowly as other people walk sometimes, somewhere around 4 mph. Don't worry about it. Think of it as a hike, and if it takes over 3 hours, who cares. Just make sure you are dressed well for the weather so you don't get hot or cold or too wet. Have fun! It does not have to be a race. Birgit
Do the first half of the race at a pace you are comfortable with, then if you are feeling good, you can try picking up the pace during the second half of the race. I usually find that what I think is a conservative pace at the beginning is just about right for the whole race, but manage to find some extra energy to pick up the pace the last two miles. Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it, just have fun and learn from the experience, and you'll have some ideas of what you want to change for your next race.
Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache 5K PR: 23:40 10K PR: 48:57 HM PR: 1:59:37 30K: 2:57:44
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I am a slow runner - I am not worried about hitting the distance for my 1/2 marathon in May, but I am worried about it taking FOREVER! Any tips on how to balance the distance running with speed? Or should I just not worry about it?
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