HAHA! I saw the bratwurst comment and had to laugh! I live in Germany, and bratwurst is like the STAPLE food at the races! Well, at any public festival actually. Bratwurst is everywhere!
As far as training goes, an acquaintance of mine from a few years back (and an experience marathon runner) used to always tell me if I could run 10 miles, I could do a HM. As you start lengthening your weekly long run, you will also gain confidence about the distance. I trained well past 13 miles for my first half marathon, which helped put me at ease when it came to race time (though I was still nervous and jittery, and felt like I was going to barf before the race!) And don't be afraid to have to walk a little during your race. There is nothing wrong with walking here and there. I walked for short segments in both my half marathons that I did last year. It actually gives you a little recoop time, and helps you finish. I still finished both with very decent times too (9:30/mile my first HM, and 9:15/mile at my second, if I remember correctly.)
So my advice would be, just JUMP IN and do it! If you are registered, you will be more likely to take it seriously and train and plan for it. I am a lone runner - I had no running buddies, or groups, or even serious running friends here in the area last year. I was really scared about signing up for a HM, especially to do it alone. But now I am so glad I just took that leap and went for it! Just take the time to train properly and safely, and you should be good.
And most important, HAVE FUN!!!
"RunningMami" because I am a running mommy
5K Run: 22:55 (non-race)
10K Run: 46:16
Half Marathon: 1:43:12
| Pounds lost: 43.0