Would appreciate some advice, as I'm about to run my first half-marathon(Robin Hood).
I've been running several years (PB for 10k about 41 mins), but never done a half-marathon.
My training has been going well and I feel pretty good, but not sure how to pace myself. I was originally thinking of aiming for around 1:35-1:40 pace, but I see that there are RW Pacesetters, and I'm debating whether to go for the 1:30 pace. (My company is sponsoring the event so I'm keen to put on a good effort in front of lots of friends and family!).
I ran most of the course yesterday and realised the middle section is pretty hilly (I think I have spent too much time running along the river and towpaths).
Any thoughts on whether a 1:30 pace will kill me? I don't want to run 10 miles and then collapse. How much "extra" might I get from race conditions (eg support, drinks, good prep, etc)? Any help appreciated.